- - Matthias Brändle to Attempt Hour Record

Matthias Brändle to Attempt Hour Record

IAM Cycling’s Matthias Brändle, announced today, that he’s going to attempt the coveted Hour Record on October 30th, at the velodrome of the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland.

The 24-year-old rider is the currently Austria’s national time trial champion, and won two stages of this year’s Tour of Britain. 

He says he was inspired to tackle the record after Jens Voigt’s successful record attempt on September 18, when the German set the current record of 51.115km.

"I have decided to try my luck with the record-breaking effort partially because Jens Voigt has been a role model for me since my childhood. His personality and style mark him out as an exceptional man in my mind. He attacks, and then attacks again in any conditions, and fights to exhaustion, knowing that a win in the end remains a small prospect. That mindset has also become my trademark.

"After he made his own successful assault on the Hour, I knew I also had to try and match his effort. Within just a few weeks, I surprised myself since I was dreaming his dream for myself. Just imagine if I have what it takes to match and improve upon his performance in time and meters."

In May, the UCI amended its rules regarding the type of bike, and it’s associated equipment, that could be used during an attempt at the Hour Record. Brändle is the second rider to challenge one of cycling’s greatest monuments in the last few weeks, sparking enthusiasm from UCI president Brian Cookson. 

“I am delighted that a young rider is interested in attacking the Hour Record just weeks after Jens Voigt’s stunning performance. This proves that the Hour Record has again become a dream for athletes.

“This is exactly what we hoped would happen when we decided to authorize the use of track bikes with modern designs and technology.”

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