Victor Campenaerts satisfied but cautious after hour record test


Right after Victor Campenaerts conquered the bronze medal during the time trial World Championship on Wednesday, he travelled to a Swiss town called Grenchen. There, the European time trial champion tested if attacking the world hour record would be possible. On Friday, Campenaerts did some specific training sessions and mostly concentrated on getting used to the track. Yesterday, Campenaerts did a test in which the purpose was clear: riding as many kilometres as possible during 30 minutes, just above the actual hour record pace. The hour record is currently owned by Bradley Wiggins, who managed to cover 54.526 kilometres in one hour. Victor Campenaerts is satisfied about how the test turned out, but remains cautious.

Victor Campenaerts: “In my opinion, the test went well. During half an hour, I managed to maintain an average of 54.8 kilometres an hour. Of course, I realize that 30 minutes at such a pace is a big difference to the entire hour. There will still be a lot of work to actually break the hour record. Before this test, two different scenarios were possible. On the one hand, the test could be disappointing and the project would be postponed, most likely until after the Olympic Games of 2020 in Tokyo. On the other hand, the result of the test could be positive and I would, together with the team, evaluate if planning an attack on the hour record would be possible in the short run. However, this doesn’t mean within weeks, or even months, more than likely in the course of 2019. So, the fact that the test went well, doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be an immediate attempt to break the record. But of course, it’s a promising sign.”

“At the moment, I’m in an excellent shape due to my participation in the Vuelta and my built-up to the World Championships. There hasn’t been any specific preparation for this test. So, there’s still a margin for improvement, in terms of training as well as location. So let’s not be too confident and let’s certainly not jump to conclusions. It was simply a good sign that the simulation went well. We will, within the team and at an appropriate time, evaluate when a possible attack on the hour record will be possible.”