Bikecult.com has a chart of the various attempts on the "one hour" record over the past 125 years. The slowest one hour times were those of the riders who attempted the record "the hard way": on a bike with traditional geometry, riding in a traditional sprinter's position on a track near sea level.
It was interesting to see how slowly progress has been made on the "traditional" hour's record. No funny bikes. No funny riding positions. No advantage from riding at high altitude. The slow gains made in the traditional hour record, and the unwillingness of most modern riders to attempt breaking it, suggests that Boardman's time in 2000 may be approaching the outer limit of human ability.
The "Traditional" Hour's Record - Key Times
2000 Boardman 30.6 mph
1967 Braeke 29.8 mph
1956 Anquetil 28.6 mph
1933 Richard 27.7 mph
1912 Egg 26.9 mph
It took eight decades to advance the record less than 4 mph. And five decades to advance the record 2 mph. That suggests, under "traditional" rules, it is unlikely that any rider in 2005 can complete a "traditional" hour going faster than about 31 mph. Could Lance be the guy who proves the human limit has not been met?
Last edited by alanbikehouston; 02-26-05 at 12:37 PM.