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The “Watt-Weenie” takes it: Dan Bigham is the new Hour Record holder

Dan Bigham has broken the UCI World Hour Record. The British rider broke the previous record of 55.089 km set by Victor Campanaerts in 2019…

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Dan Bigham has broken the UCI World Hour Record. The British rider broke the previous record of 55.089 km set by Victor Campanaerts in 2019 with a new benchmark distance of 55.548 km.

He started conservatively, sticking to a negative split pacing plan. Bigham and his coach Jacob Tipper had a plan to fall as much as 16 seconds down on the record before attacking the final 15 minutes somewhere above 56 km/h.

The 30-year-old time trial and track specialist had previously set the British Hour Record in October 2021, breaking Bradley Wiggins’ previous best with a 54.723 km set on the same boards of the Tissot velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland, just 24 hours after his fiancée Joss Lowden had set what was then a new women’s Hour Record. Bigham took to the same track today and has now set a new men’s world record.

With a background in engineering, Bigham has worked with Mercedes F1, Canyon-SRAM, Team KGF/ HUUB-Wattbike, plus his work with the Ineos Grenadiers, not as a rider but a performance engineer. Bigham also founded Wattshop, an online store that offers high-performance aerodynamic components and aerodynamic testing.

Bigham is no stranger to track racing and records, having previously won national championships and world cups on the track and more recently set a new British pursuit record and the aforementioned British Hour Record. Despite having a tilt at the Hour scheduled for mid-2020 in Bolivia derailed by the Covid lockdowns, Bigham has often cited the opportunities created by lockdowns as central […]

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