Right now in Switzerland the Chuck Norris of cycling is trying to go farther than any person on a bike has gone before — in one hour. The rider's name is Jens Voigt and he's known by fans for going really fast, never giving up and for catchphrases delivered in a thick German accent.
Velo News has a good break down of hour record facts on their site:
What is the hour record?
As of May of this year, the hour record is defined as the farthest distance ridden in exactly one hour using a bike and position that are legal under the UCI endurance track regulations in place at the time of the attempt. Simplified, Voigt will ride a setup that would be legal in a modern pursuit event.
Riders start from a dead stop, held up by the same device used in pursuit events on the track.
Voigt will have to beat Ondrej Sosenka’s distance of 49 kilometers and 700 meters, a record that was set using old rules, on an old-school bike. More on that below.
The attempt will take place at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland. The hour record must take place on a closed velodrome.