Inside The Hour: Can The Sufferfest Help a Mere Mortal Match Merckx?


In 1972, Eddy Merckx—arguably the greatest cyclist of all time—took to the track in Mexico City with a singular purpose: to see just how far he could ride in an hour. Riding a custom-built Colnago track bike with conventional drop bars and outfitted in a leather helmet and wool kit, Merckx lived up to his nickname, "The Cannibal." He devoured the previous World Hour Record, clocking an impressive 49 kms 431 meters.

We've come a long way since the heady, hirsute days of the 70s. Using the most advanced aero tech and cutting-edge training methods, the current World Hour Record holder, Victor Campenaerts, set an unbelievable benchmark of 55.089 kms in April 2019. 


The Right SUF

The Sufferfest is no stranger to the Hour Record. Our Chief Science Officer, Coach Neal Henderson, coached both Evelyn Stevens and Rohan Dennis to successful hour record attempts. He knows a thing or two about helping people go fast.



That got us thinking: Could we harness the expertise of our sports scientists, the power of 4DP-optimised workouts, yoga, mental toughness training, and modern technology to help a mere mortal match (or beat) Merckx's record? GCN presenter, Oliver Bridgewood, was up to the challenge. 



Inside The Hour: 60 Minutes to Honour! Glory! Victory!

For the next 12 weeks we'll follow Ollie as he uses The Sufferfest to train for his own Hour of Power in mid-February. In a series we're calling "Inside The Hour", we'll update you on Ollie's progress, go behind the scenes to eavesdrop on his weekly checkups with SUF coaches Neal Henderson and Mac Cassin, and delve into the storied history of the World Hour Record. 

Make sure you watch this space, follow Ollie on Strava, Instagram and Facebook, and keep an eye on the hashtag #SUFhourofpower.

You might even get a chance to win some killer prizes. Stay tuned!


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