Greg Swinand has broken the Irish Elite Hour Record during his attempt at the M50 World Hour Record. He extended his own Irish record which he set last year at Velódromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes City, Mexico and he managed a distance of 48.469 kilometres. This was 1,609 metres longer than his previous record.
Last November, Swinand broke both the Irish Elite and Irish Masters Hour Records in Colorado Springs, USA by setting a distance of 46.860 kilometres which was 694 metres further than the previous Elite record set by Tommy Evans seventeen years previously.
Swinard was coached by former Italian international and one of the top riders on the Irish domestic scene Matteo Cigala. He had been aiming to beat the record distance of 49.392 kilometres set by former 7-Eleven and Motorola pro Norm Alvis but unfortunately, he fell short in the World Record attempt. Alvis set his record last month in Colorado Springs.
Afterwards Swinard said: “Did my best and improved on last year, but missed the ultimate target. Was an experience and an adventure. (I) actually, beat the distance that was the World Record when I started on this path.”