Backstedt: "I want this record for myself"

Despite falling well short of Matthe Pronk's Derny-paced Hour Record last Saturday at Newport...

Despite falling well short of Matthe Pronk's Derny-paced Hour Record last Saturday at Newport Velodrome, Magnus Bäckstedt has vowed to try again soon. "I want this record for myself," he said after missing the Pronk's mark by almost eight kilometres.

Rather than cite his choice of gearing (60x13) on the night, the imposing Swede believed the lack of harmony with his pacer Paul Spender was a contributing factor to the failed record attempt. "I'm happy with my form and also for this reason I'd like to try again as soon as possible. I think to have chosen the right gear of 60x13 on the base of the pace during training sessions. I'd rather think my pacer and me were not in harmony; maybe he was a little excited because of the public. Anyway, this experience was extraordinary also thanks to those who cheered for me: I'll try again soon."

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