Australian is first rider to have tilt at women’s record in 2016… Australia’s Bridie O’Donnell will on Friday become the first cyclist in 2016 to attempt the Hour Record – and with the UCI streaming it live on its YouTube channel, you can watch it right here.
The 41-year-old will set off at 0930 GMT on the 60-minute ride in which she hopes to beat the distance of 46.274 kilometres set by the American Molly Shaffer Van Houweling in Mexico last September.
That ride at altitude beat the record also set in Mexico 12 years earlier by Dutch rider Leontien van Moorsel, a distance Great Britain’s Sarah Storey failed to eclipse by a little over two laps in London last February .
O’Donnell is riding at sea level at the Super-Drome in Adelaide, South Australia, which is currently hosting the Tour Down Under, and the supporting programme features riders including Olympic champion Anna Meares.
She has been training at the venue and told The Advertiser (link is external) : "It was good to get on the track on Wednesday night and do a session at race time.
“The track isn’t really warm but is a bit muggy, it wasn’t running that fast but […]