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Ellen van Dijk absolutely smashes women’s Hour Record

Emma Cole
23 May 2022

Trek-Segafredo rider rides 49.254 km in one hour to claim record from Joss Lowden

Ellen van Dijk, the current time-trial world champion, has broken the women’s Hour Record by 849 metres.

The 35-year-old Dutchwoman set a new record of 49.254km in the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland today.

The previous record was held by Joss Lowden, who set a distance of 48.405km in the same Velodrome on 30th September 2021.

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‘I am very happy I broke the record,’ said Van Dijk. ‘The time started to tick down really, really slowly at 45 minutes. I thought I needed to accelerate but I think I was only slowing down.

‘I was just so happy when I heard it was over.

‘This whole project has been so amazing for me; the whole build up has been such a great experience.

‘All I can say is ride bikes, have fun, feel good!’

Image credit: Gabriel Monnet via Getty 

After 99 laps, Van Dijk was 42 seconds faster than the previous record and by lap 135 she was 51 seconds ahead.

Van Dijk first announced that she would attempt to break the record in April, shortly after the Tour of Flanders.

Van Dijk’s position on the bike was the same as the one she had when she won individual Time Trial World Championships in September 2021.

The Dutchwoman chose to look down during the entire ride which, according to commentator and fellow teammate Lizzie Deignan, meant she would gain 600 more metres.

What Ellen van Dijk rode

Wearing a Santini skin suit, Van Dijk rode a Trek Speed Concept with a 58-tooth chainring and a 14-tooth cassette, a massive gear.

That ratio was deduced through testing as optimal for maintaining 93-97 rotations per minute, and thus breaking the record.

The bike had Zipp Sub 9 Track disc wheels with 23mm tubular Pirelli tyres, a Bontrager Race Space handlebar with 40mm of spacers under a set of custom carbon fibre armrests and a Bontrager Hilo XXX saddle.

Van Dijk had already used the Trek Speed Concept to win the individual Time Trial World Championships in September 2021.

Trek estimates that 20 people, from engineers, to mechanics, to logistics support staff, to partners at SRAM and Bontrager, were involved in creating the bike.

Featured image credit: Gabriel Monnet via Getty 


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