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Hour Record: Retro bikes gallery

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Chris Boardman attempts the Hour Record in the eventually banned superman position

Chris Boardman attempts the Hour Record in the eventually banned superman position
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Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Hour Record bike

Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Hour Record bike
(Image credit: Getty Images)
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Thomas Dekker attempts the Hour Record on a Koga TeeTeeTrack

Thomas Dekker attempts the Hour Record on a Koga TeeTeeTrack
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Rohan Dennis' BMC Trackmachine TR01

Rohan Dennis' BMC Trackmachine TR01
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Jack Bobridge had a failed attempt on a Cervelo T4

Jack Bobridge had a failed attempt on a Cervelo T4
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Matthias Brandle's Scott Plasma 5

Matthias Brandle's Scott Plasma 5
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Jens Voigt's Trek Speed Concept

Jens Voigt's Trek Speed Concept
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Eddy Merckx attempts the Hour Record before carbon fibre, disc wheels and aero helmets were integrated into the sport

Eddy Merckx attempts the Hour Record before carbon fibre, disc wheels and aero helmets were integrated into the sport
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Miguel Indurain's Pinarello Espada

Miguel Indurain's Pinarello Espada
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Fausto Coppi attempts the Hour Record

Fausto Coppi attempts the Hour Record
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Vittoria Bussi breaks women's Hour Record by 27 metres

Vittoria Bussi breaks women's Hour Record by 27 metres
(Image credit: Endura)
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Chris Boardman's Corima hour record bike from 1993

Chris Boardman's Corima hour record bike from 1993
(Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Evelyn Stevens set a new UCI Hour Record of 47.980 kilometres

Evelyn Stevens set a new UCI Hour Record of 47.980 kilometres
(Image credit: Casey Gibson)
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Tom Zirbel's Hour Record Diamondback Serios time trial bike

Tom Zirbel's Hour Record Diamondback Serios time trial bike
(Image credit: Sam Wiebe / Rally Cycling)
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Victor Campenaerts' Ridley Arena 2019 Hour Record

Victor Campenaerts' Ridley Arena 2019 Hour Record
(Image credit: Belgian Cycling Factory)
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Ernesto Colnago with Eddy Merckx as he prepares to test his Hour Record bike on the Vigorelli track

Ernesto Colnago with Eddy Merckx as he prepares to test his Hour Record bike on the Vigorelli track
(Image credit: Cicli Colnago)
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Even nearly 20 years later, the Lotus Sport 110 still looks sleek, modern, and undeniably fast

Even nearly 20 years later, the Lotus Sport 110 still looks sleek, modern, and undeniably fast
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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British cyclist Graeme Obree races in his famous superman position

British cyclist Graeme Obree races in his famous superman position
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Alex Dowsett's Canyon bike for the Hour Record

Alex Dowsett's Canyon bike for the Hour Record
(Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Moser on the Vigorelli track in Milan during his 1986 record attempt

Moser on the Vigorelli track in Milan during his 1986 record attempt
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

The Hour Record dates back to the late 19th Century, when, after several attempts in the United States and the United Kingdom, Henri Desgrange – who went on to establish the Tour de France – set a record in Paris following the newly formed International Cycling Association.

The Hour Record went on to be continually broken throughout the 20th Century at velodromes around the world by the likes of Guiseppe Olmo, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Francesco Moser for the men’s record.

In the 1990s, Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman began experimenting with bike positions and designs in an effort to improve aerodynamics. The UCI, however, eventually outlawed the radical bikes and positioning made famous by the duo, and in 1997 the UCI brought in new rules restricting competitors to traditional equipment.

Following a decline in popularity of the Hour Record, possibly due to the stringent rules in place from the sport’s governing body, the UCI updated the rulings to replicate modern regulations for track pursuit bikes and also adhering to other UCI regulations including the biological passport.

Since the unification of the Hour Record rules in 2014, the mark has been broken six times by Jens Voigt, Matthias Brandle, Rohan Dennis, Alex Dowsett, Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, Victor Campenaerts.

Click through the gallery above for a look at the Hour Record bikes throughout history.