The crux of Magnus Sheffield’s record-setting 3,000-meter pursuit ride on Thursday came near the end, after he had completed seven of the nine laps around the 7-Eleven velodrome in Colorado Springs.
As Sheffield pushed a massive 60 x 15 gear around the velodrome at 110 rotations per minute, he felt his legs burn with lactic acid, and his arms became stiff in the bike’s aerodynamic extensions. And as Sheffield pushed harder, he noticed that his peripheral vision had become darkened.
“I felt like I was looking into a tunnel that was getting smaller and smaller, with my eyes only able to focus on the straight line in front of me,” Sheffield told VeloNews. “I was just trying to keep as clean a line as possible but those last two laps were really painful.”
Sheffield pushed through the pain and completed the 3,000 meters in a time that appears to be a new U.S. and world junior record. His final time for the individual ride was 3:06.447, more than 10 seconds faster than the previous U.S. record, set by Taylor Phinney in 2008. The current world junior record is 3:09.710, set by Finn Fisher-Black in 2019.
USA Cycling must now recognize the time as a record and submit the time to the UCI before the governing body officially recognizes it as the new world record, Sheffield said. He completed his challenge according to the rules — he had electronic timing equipment to record an official time. He also had a UCI official present to […]