Today, the Eastmond Medicomm directors headed down to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester to watch Colin Lynch try to beat the UCI C2 Paracycling Hour Record. For the uninitiated, The Hour, as is it known, requires a cyclist to cycle as far as they can in 1 hour under conditions controlled by cycling’s governing body, the UCI. This is run on indoor velodrome tracks on track-focussed bicycles. The record for the C2 para category sits at 41.031km, and was set by Laurent Thirionet at the velodrome in Bordeaux, France in 1999. That’s a long time for an Hour record to stand, given that Alex Dowsett and Bradley Wiggins traded world records in the space of a couple or so weeks this year.
Colin was on course to smash the world record. He had been training all year, had done a 44km in training, and was looking for a 43 on the day in Manchester. Well, you can probably guess from the tone of this piece that all did not go according to plan. I will let our short film tell you the rest of the tale: