Greg Swinand broke both the Irish Elite and Irish Masters Hour Records in Colorado Springs, USA yesterday evening, by setting a new distance of 46.895 kilometres.
His distance was 729 metres further than the previous Elite record set seventeen years ago.
Swinand set the record on the 333.3-metre track at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome, which is where Evelyn Stevens set the UCI Women’s Hour Record earlier this year.
The Irish rider had been training at altitude in Aspen and Boulder in the weeks leading up to his record attempt as Colorado Springs sits at 1,840 metres above altitude.
Prior to Swinand’s record, the best distance for Elite Irish men had been set by Tommy Evans back in 1999 who had covered 46.166 kilometres. The previous Irish Masters Record had been set by John Madden with 45.799 kilometres in 2015 in Manchester.
The current World Hour Record is held by Bradley Wiggins who set a distance of 54.526 kilometres at Lee Valley VeloPark in London last year.
Swinand received support in his attempt from Redwood Designs, Usher Insulations, Neenan Travel, Cigala Cycling and Abundant Venture Partners.
In addition, Swinand was also raising money for two charities – Medecins Sans Frontiers and the Irish Cancer Society and you can find his fundraising links below:
Irish Cancer Society – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Greg-Swinand
Medecins Sans Frontiers – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Greg-Swinand2