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Australian to try for Masters Hour World Record

Australian Jayson Austin will attempt to set a new world record for the Masters 2 on the track on September 21. The start is scheduled at 6pm at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney. The current record is 44.838 kilometres set by Jean Philippe Meret of France.

Due to the physical demands and costs involved very few attempts are made worldwide, let alone in Australia. Previous attempts have seen Australian elite cyclists Bradley McGee (50.52 kilometres) and Anna Wilson (Millward) (45.399 kilometres) set Australian records for the Hour in Adelaide in 1997. Lindy Hou and pilot Toireasa Gallagher set a World Record Women’s Tandem of 42.93 kilometres at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in 2005.

Austin will make the attempt under the UCI rules that allow for an aerodynamic position and equipment. The Australian has enlisted the help of power coach Peter Montford and positioning expert Steve Hogg from to help him reach the goal of a new record. Austin unofficially broke the record four weeks ago.

He also hopes to compete at the UCI World Masters Track Championships on October 16 2007. Austin is a former UCI World Masters Points Race World Champion(2004), silver and bronze medallists in World Masters Pursuit Championships(2004 &2005), former Australian Pursuit, Points Race and RTT champion(2005 and @006) and current NSW Pursuit champion.