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by Anne-Marije Rook
February 9, 2016
Photography by Cor Vos
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
We broke the news on Twitter already but today USA Cycling confirmed that Evelyn Stevens of Boels-Dolmans will indeed take on the UCI world hour record, hoping to beat Bridie O’Donnell’s mark of 46.882 kilometres set just last month.
The 32-year-old American will make the attempt on February 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A two-time national time trial champion, three-time team time trial world champion, and a silver and bronze medalist in the individual time trial at the world championships, Stevens is no stranger to racing against the clock. While not a track cyclist, Stevens has trained with the US track team every January for the past four years to work on her power.
Stevens’ coach, Neal Henderson, told Ella CyclingTips that in her hour record attempt, Stevens aims to not only break the 46.882 kilometres mark set by O’Donnell but also target the all-time distance record, which was set by Jeannie Longo in 1996 using the now banned “Superman” position. Longo’s record stands at 48.159 kilometres.
Stevens’ attempt will be the fourth attempt on the women’s world hour record since a modernisation of the rules in 2014. The first to try and beat Leontien Van Moorsel’s 12-year-old mark of 46.065 kilometres was Dame Sarah Storey, who didn’t quite make it but broke the British record and also those of the C5 Paralympic and masters’ categories. American law professor Shaffer van Houweling then set a new record of 46.274 kilometres in September of 2015. This stood for just four months as O’Donnell’s attempt in Australia added more than 600 metres to Shaffer van Houweling’s mark.
“While attempting to break the UCI Hour Record is exciting for me and my career, I’m also proud to help shine a light on women’s cycling,” Stevens said in a press release. “This will be a special day, and it’s an honor to make my record attempt under the new dome at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.”
UCI President Brian Cookson welcomed the news of the latest attempt: “The current Women’s UCI Hour Record will be only five weeks old when Evelyn Stevens tries to establish a new mark. Bridie O’Donnell set a tough mark last month, and I am looking forward tremendously to following this next challenge. It is clear that the excitement surrounding the iconic UCI Hour Record will be just as high in 2016 as it was last year when we saw six attempts on the men’s record and two on the women’s record.”
Sitting at 6,000 feet above sea level, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome is the official training venue for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic track cycling. The newly constructed winter dome features a 333.3-meter banked cement cycling track.
Stevens’ attempt will take place on February 27th and we will host the live stream of the attempt right here on Ella.