Filippo Ganna on his way to smashing the UCI World Hour Record. Filippo Ganna has broken – nay smashed – the UCI World Hour Record. The Italian set a phenomenal distance of 56.792 km, bettering the effort of his Ineos Grenadiers colleague Dan Bigham who set the 55.548 km benchmark in August .
Ganna was a picture of composure before he mounted his 3D-printed super-bike to begin his Hour Record attempt. A champion team pursuiter, he came out of the blocks pretty hard, but settled into the effort over the next few laps, letting the deficit droop into territory that might look irretrievable to the layman. However, that was all part of the plan, i.e. the first phase of the Hour represented the last portion of his warm-up. Just as Bigham’s record was phase one of the Ganna project.
With the temperature in the velodrome a reported 27˚C (at the start) – for good reason – it was important for Ganna to keep his core body temp under control, which influenced the pacing strategy. And that really came clear after the first 15 minutes had elapsed, Ganna’s deficit to Bigham tumbling and the graphic going green just five minutes later.
The next target was Bigham’s average speed, which Ganna exceeded a few minutes before the halfway point. It looked like he was on track for something approaching the elusive 57 km mark. And he just kept. Getting. Faster.
Only a disaster, like a crash or overheating, could possibly rob Ganna of his goal, […]