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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
Cannondale-Drapac’s Joe Dombrowski is proposing an uphill hour record so that those cyclists who are ‘time trial challenged’ can get in on the fun. His idea is for the maximum elevation gained in one hour, in meters, on a climb of the rider’s choice.
“The craze last year was the hour record, but I might get the record for the slowest hour record,” said Dombrowski. “I thought it would be cool if we created an uphill hour record, outdoors. It’s how many meters you can climb in an hour.”
“I like the element that it’s not controlled like a track. If you can find a climb that’s better for it, then more power to you,” he said.
“It’s sort of limiting in that you’re probably looking at, for a one-hour, flat-out effort on a perfect climb for it with good wind, good weather, like 1,900 VAM (vertical meters gained per hour) or something, 1,850. That’s a big climb. You have to find a big climb with good wind, good weather.”
“Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how many meters someone could climb in an hour? The thing is, if I do this before anyone else, I will obviously have the record,” he laughed.
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