49 year-old Dutchman Maas van Beek has failed in his attempt to beat Fausto Coppi's record of 45.848 km for an hour riding without a saddle. Van Beek made his attempt at noon on Saturday in the Alkmaar Sportpaleis, but only managed to cover 42.1036 km. He was using a massive 68x11 gear, which equates to an average cadence of 53 rpm, around half of what is typical for a seated hour record attempt. On the other hand, Van Beek could conceivably go for the Masters 50-54 hour record, which currently stands at 42.439 km, set by US rider Scott Porter in Manchester in 2003.
Courtesy of Frans Rutten