“The Bradley Wiggins hour will begin at 18:30. The event will end at 20:00.”
Alex Dowsett had ‘the perfect hour’. For Jensie, it was #ShutUpHour.
Wiggins, meanwhile, looks like he’s going for the longest hour if the helpful information above posted on the event website is anything to go by.
He’ll be needing some top tunage to keep him on the straight and narrow for the whole 60 (or is it 90?) minutes.
Nothing from his Desert Island Discs selection is going to work. If Chas and Dave come blasting out over the velodrome PA system, he’ll immediately go all Cockney sparrow on us – hands off bars, elbows out, thumbs lodged in imaginary braces, signing along: “Daaaahn to Margate”.
This lot should work nicely, though.
Tighten Up – Archie Bell and the Drells Perfect roller warm-up music, as used by Mr Bell to get his Drells in the zone. A fun-sized funky workout.
Spinning Around – Kylie Minogue Who can resist a slice of the pert pixie pop princess? “I’m spinning around, move out of my way.” Absolutely.
Cross the Track – Maceo and the Macks “I never cross the track, baby, and I know what it’s like.” More practical advice for Brad to stay down on the black line than anything else. Like he needs it.
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith Good song title, but a dreadful, dreary ballad. Scrap this one.
Hour House – Madness Tenuous? Come on, we’re struggling here.
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden and Whitehead “We’re on the move, huh!” In the home straight now. Come on Brad.
It Only Takes a Minute – Tavares One more lap… Go on, son!
7 Seconds – Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry Home and dry. Have a little lie down in the corner. You've earned it.
STAT’S THE WAY, UH HUH UH HUH
35.325 – hour record set by Henri Desgrange in 1893
52.937 – current record set by Alex Dowsett in May, 2015
View from the stands as Dowsett covers his final laps and the crowd clack together those infuriating inflatable clacker thingies, as if their hands no longer work
Boardman, Obree and Gérard Vroomen in this Open University film about the science behind the bike. A bit dry, but hey, it’s Open University.
Probably not the first time we’ve referenced this footage, but the short film of Merckx's Mexico hour in 1972 is gold. And no inflatable clackers whatsoever.
Dowsett received his Aeroad CF SLX the day before the Tour de Suisse. One of the first of the new model to leave Koblenz, it served briefly as the Movistar rider’s training bike (“It was quite novel travelling to races with a bike,” he remembers), but gained its first outing in a competitive fixture: a minor event called the Tour de Suisse. “The first ride on this was at the Tour of Switzerland. I hit 118kph on it in one of the passes. I was very confident in it. I was at home on it straight away.”