Rouleur Classic


1-3 Nov 2018

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Chris Boardman's Corima Hour Record Bike set for the Rouleur Classic

The iconic bike used to break the Hour Record in 1993 will be on display to visitors

Published: 27.10.2016

We're delighted to announce the Corima Hour Record bike used by Chris Boardman in 1993 to achieve the world leading distance will be on display at the Rouleur Classic.

On 23 July 1993, Chris smashed the Hour World Record by cycling 52.270km in 60 minutes at the Velodrome du Lac in Bordeaux, France. Riding this French-manufactured Corima bicycle, he became the first person to break though 52 km, beating Scotsman Graeme Obree's record set just six days earlier.

Chris broke the record a second time in Manchester in 1996 riding the famous Lotus Pursuit 'superman-style' bike - a result, which was never bettered. However, in 2000 the UCI annulled every record since 1972 on the basis that technology had been too dominant, and re-instated Merckx as record holder.

The Hour record is one of the most prestigious records in cycling with roots dating back to 1893, when it was set by Henri Desgrange.

In 2014, rules on technology were loosened, leading to a number of successful Hour Record attempts. Sir Bradley Wiggins holds the current World Hour Record, cycling 54.526km at the Olympic Velodrome, London in June 2015.

Former holders of the record, Graeme Obree and Alex Dowsett will be speaking at the Rouleur Classic.

A number of other iconic bikes will also be on display at the event including Pantani's Alpe d'Huez record-setting Wilier, which will be on display as part of the Grand Tour Heritage Collection alongside other bikes used in the Tour de France.

More modern machines, including 2 Rio 2016 Gold Medal winning bikes and 2 World Championship winning bikes, will be on display in the WorldTour Bike Collection.

Photos by Pauline Ballet

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