Belgian cyclist Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) will tackle the “world hour” record on 16 or 17 April at the Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico, the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed on Tuesday.
The world hour is the record for the longest distance cycled in one hour on a bicycle from a stationary start, and it is considered to be one of the most prestigious records in all of cycling. Cyclists attempt this record alone on the track without other competitors present.
The 27-year-old Flemish cyclist had already announced his intention to go after the record set by Britain’s Bradley Wiggins in London on 7 June 2015.
Various cyclists have held the record over the years, ranging from unknown amateurs to well-known professionals. There is now one unified record for upright bicycles meeting the requirements of the UCI. The current record by Wiggins record is 54.526 kilometres in one hour.
The Mexican velodrome is located at an altitude of 1,800 metres.