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Fabian and the Hour Record
November 16, 2009, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Hour Record, pro crap

After Fabian Cancellara’s World Championship victory earlier this fall, I asked, “What will it take to get this man on a velodrome to go after the Hour Record?”

I think the Hour Record is extremely cool, a raw testament to an individual’s strength; a rider’s equipment and preparation for the Hour Record is also a snapshot of technological developments and the persistent struggle between the development of bicycles and the competition-legal definition thereof. Of course, this was most noticable in Graemme O’bree and Chris Boardman’s back-and-forth attempts in the early 90s.

Cancellara thrills spectators with his raw power. In this year’s Tour, his long breakaway on stage 15 was caught at the base of the final climb to Verbier and rather than sink to the laughing group, he kept riding at the front of the main field for as long as he could, setting a punishing pace up the lower slopes of the climb, whittling away at the field.

This morning it was exciting to read news that both Cancellara is eyeing the Hour Record. The article also erroneously reports that David Zabrieski is considering it, despite their inclusion of his comment that “It’s not something I’m targeting in the near future.”

It would be extremely exciting to see Cancellara, a world-class rider, launch a concerted effort on the Hour Record.

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