Thought this might be of general interest to the folks in this sub forum. On Sunday, January 29th, a fellow Southern Californian and racing acquaintance, Keith Ketterer (aka KK) succeeded in setting a new UCI (International Cycling Union) world record for the Hour for Masters Men age 55-59. KK also holds the record for the 50-54 age range.
The Hour Record is one of the classic records that defines our sport. There was a time when professionals regularly attempted to break the record. During that late and early 1970s there was a string of records set between Ferdi Bracke (Belgium), Ole Ritter (Denmark), and Eddy Merckx (Belgium). Merckx held the record of 49.431 Km for 12 years until Francesco Moser set a record of 50.808 Km on a "funny bike" with two disc wheels. Ultimately, the UCI segregated Moser's record and subsequent records where riders used the "Superman" position (pioneered by Graeme Obree) and "non-standard" bikes as "Best Hour Performance" which Chris Boardman holds at 56.375 Km (1996).
The current Hour Record holder is Ondřej Sosenka (Czech Republic) who set the record at 49.700 Km in 2005.
KK's unofficial record is 45.019 Km (27.973 miles). His 50-54 record is 45.386 Km. KK's current racing age is 57.
A few photos:
The last photo is KK on the lap that broke the previous record.
It was great to be there to see him set the record as I'd missed his previous record ride in 2009.
BTW, this is the same facility (Velo Sports Center previously known as the Home Depot Center Velodrome) that I train at regularly and where Hermes and Velo Diva like to spend their SoCal vacation time.