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American Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) has set a new women’s UCI World Hour Record of 47.98 kilometres, comfortably beating the mark set by Australia’s Bridie O’Donnell last month by over one kilometre.
There were even times at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs where it looked like Stevens may threaten the all-time distance record of 48.159 kilometres set by French cyclist Jeannie Longo in 1996 using the now banned ‘Superman’ position, however it proved a mark too far.
“For the first 45 minutes in I was just in the zone, saying ‘pedal, push, pedal, push,’ not thinking,” Stevens said. “With 15 minutes to go the plan was to try to squeeze, which I was able to do for a couple of laps. You don’t know your limit until you hit your limit. I think I found it today.”