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 […]