Best of 2016: Bridie O’Donnell’s world record breaking hour in photos

by Simone Giuliani


It’s the time of the year when everyone is heading off for the holidays, spending time with family and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore some new locations on the bike. It’s also a great time to unwind by catching up on your reading, so we’ve decided to finish 2016 by revisiting some of our best articles of the year.

When Australia’s Bridie O’Donnell set a new UCI world hour record of 46.882 kilometres in January of this year, it was a momentous occasion, and thousands of fans crowded the Adelaide’s Super-Drome to witness a new historic benchmark. And while O’Donnell’s record stood for only a month before American Evelyn Stevens broke it, we are sure that it was a day the 41-year-old O’Donnell will never forget.

We had photographer Tim Bardsley-Smith there on the night to capture the images that bring to life the story of this impressive feat.

– Anne-Marije


Bridie O’Donnell set a new UCI world hour record of 46.882 kilometres on Friday night in front of a crowd of thousands at Adelaide’s Super-Drome. The weather was a warm 29°C and the pressure favourably low for the attempt, which took place in a city swarming with cyclists in the midst of the Santos Tour Down Under. The 41-year-old O’Donnell was calm, confident and composed as many of the top names of the cycling world looked on. She  focused her attention on a carefully laid out pacing strategy which the Australian rider was convinced was the key to success in the final hour of her year-long effort to deliver a new world record. It was. The physician not only beat the record, as she delivered lap after lap of consistent times, but added an impressive 609 metres to the mark of 46.273 kilometres set by American law professor Molly Shaffer van Houweling at high altitude in Mexico just four months ago

We had photographer Tim Bardsley-Smith there on the night to capture the images that bring to life the story of this impressive feat.