Dennis declares hour record bid: “It is within reach”

by Shane Stokes


The list of riders who will attempt the world hour record in 2015 has increased yet further, with the BMC Racing Team and Rohan Dennis announcing that the Australian will aim for the coveted mark in February of next year.

Dennis, who moved to the team from Garmin-Sharp during the 2014 season in a rare mid-year transfer, will attack the record on February 8. He will use the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland, approximately 100 kilometres northeast from where the current holder Matthias Brandle set his own mark in Aigle in October.

On that occasion Brandle covered 51.850 kilometres, surpassing the 51.115 kilometres clocked up by Jens Voigt in September.

Voigt’s effort was made on the same track that Dennis will use.

The Australian made the news public during the BMC Racing Team’s media day at the team camp in Denia, Spain.

“When I look at my experience on the track and the numbers I have been doing on the track and on the road, it is within reach,” he said, speaking about the challenge. “As long as I don’t get too excited at the start and control my nerves, the pacing will take care of itself.”

Dennis has a background in track racing and finished up with a silver medal in the team pursuit in London 2012. He is equally adept at road riding, finishing second overall and winning stage three of this year’s Tour of California, netting second in the Circuit de la Sarthe and taking the runner-up slot in the Commonwealth Games time trial.

He was also part of the victorious BMC Racing line-up in the world team time trial championships.

Sporting manager Allan Peiper said that preparation for the bid began after that gold medal-winning ride in Ponferrada, Spain.

“We have been working on it, taking all the circumstances into consideration,” he said. “This is something Rohan really wants to do.

“Part of our development for him is to support him in the things he wants to achieve. So that is the main reason we are doing it.”

Other riders expected to attack the record next year include Alex Dowsett, Jacak Bobridge, Thomas Dekker,
Alex Rasmussen, Rasmus Quaade and Bradley Wiggins.

Dowsett is tipped to announce his bid on Friday; it is thought possible that it will take place at the Revolution track event to be held at the Lee Valley Velodrome on February 27 to 28. Sarah Storey confirmed this week that she will aim for the women’s mark at the same track meet.

The news of Bobridge’s own attempt was announced on Wednesday. Further details will be revealed in Australia on Thursday.

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