Bradley Wiggins takes on the toughest 60 minutes in cycling this Sunday: the hour record. Since the UCI announced that the record would be re-opened to modern-day track pursuit bikes, there have been a slew of attempts on cycling’s most iconic feat: Jens Voigt, Rohan Dennis and most recently Alex Dowsett have all attempted the record in recent months, but no assault on the hour has been so keenly anticpated as Wiggins’.
The reigning World Time Trial champion will take the record on at the Lee Valley Velodrome, home of Team GB’s dominance of the 2012 Olympics track cycling events. He’ll be aboard a modified Pinarello Bolide, adorned head-to-toe in Rapha and cheered on by the few thousand lucky enough to have snared tickets.
The distance to beat, set by Dowsett, is 52.937km. Can he do it? Graeme Obree thinks so, and we’re not about to argue with him.
For perhaps the first time in the history of Rupert Murdoch, Sky Sports are forgoing their usual money-grabbing exploits to open up coverage of the record attempt to the non-subscribing masses. While Sky Sports customers can watch the attempt on Sky Sports 2, non Sky customers can catch the the hour on Freeview channel PICK.
There’s also a host of options for UK viewers to catch Wiggins’ record attempt online, and here they are:
Watch Bradley Wiggins’ Hour Record Attempt Online
Sky Sports have eschewed their usual tight-fistedness and will be showing a free live stream of Wiggins’ record attempt on their website: http://www.skysports.com
They’ll also be streaming the hour record attempt for free on their YouTube channel, which you can find here.
While both these sites are for UK-based surfers only, there are ways to get around such things. Google it (just don’t say we told you so).