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Jens "The Chuck Norris of Cycling" Voigt tries to break hour record




Jens Voigt of Germany riding for Trek Factory Racing races to 18th place in the individual time trial during stage six of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 23, 2014 in Vail, Colorado.
Jens Voigt of Germany riding for Trek Factory Racing races to 18th place in the individual time trial during stage six of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 23, 2014 in Vail, Colorado.
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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

Neal Rogers is the editor-in-chief of Velo News and he joins Alex Cohen on the line to talk about the effort.

"Hour Record Attempt"

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.