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World records are such grist to the mill of Hope Technology that co-founder Ian Weatherill had forgotten that Bradley Wiggins’ recent triumph was his company’s second successful assault on The Hour.

Turn the clock back 15 years (or two, if you want to broaden the sphere of Hope’s accomplishments to include Guy Martin’s British speed record) and it was Mike Burrows placing a call to Lancashire on behalf of a rider called Chris Boardman.

Racing bike, white, large, solid aluminium chainring, Bradley Wiggins, Pinarello Bolide HR, pic: Jaguar

“I couldn’t remember that,” Weatherill chuckles. “It was one of the lads who works for us who said, ‘I put those bottom brackets together for Boardman.’ I said, ‘Did you?’ He said, ‘Mike Burrows had four sets: four different bottom brackets.’”

For lesser outfits, commissions such as the BB for Boardman’s career-closing tilt at Merckx’s 1972 record might stick in the memory. Not so Hope.

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