Joss Lowden's Hour Record

cougie uk

Über Member
I think aero is such a big part of the success of the Hour record that the choice of skin suit matters hugely.

Perhaps you can't have them in team colours.
 

T4tomo

Guru
If I was the Drops team owner, I’d be a bit miffed, as I expect the other team sponsors would be, too. (Tempur mattresses, Mavic wheels etc., etc.)
I think aero is such a big part of the success of the Hour record that the choice of skin suit matters hugely.

Perhaps you can't have them in team colours.
Aye, and lugging around a blimmin mattress for the sake of a sponsor is a not starter.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/58751483

She says it was a conservative ride and she could have tried harder.
I suspect that is very much hindsight and not what she was thinking at the time. But it means she clearly thinks she can go further.
As I posted at the time - she looked so fresh at the finish that it was clear that she hadn't absolutely turned herself inside out. We don't know how close she got to her limit but I'd bet that she has at least another 100 metres in her on a perfect day?

Having got the record, it would be worth really going for it a subsequent time. As the record holder, the risk of cracking before the finish wouldn't be such a big deal.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
Worth noting that she did beat Jeannie Longo's record as well. That was set in the superman position.
Superwoman position surely?
On Eurosport they referred to that as the 'Superman or Superwoman position'... No it wasn't - it was what Superman looks like flying through the air. (Unless there was also a Superwoman comic book character, who flew the same way? :whistle:)
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Call it what you will.

Like this
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(Pics of Longo setting the record of 48.159 in 1996)

The point being that there were two records, the sanctioned under the current UCI rules one. And the sanctioned under the old UCI rules that they changed their minds about one.

Lowden beat both records so there is now just one women's hour record.

In the case of the men's record they've got some way to go to beat Boardman's old rules one.

Edit. I've just noticed that - for fans of obscure units - Lowden also took the record beyond 30 miles for the first time - 30.08 miles.
 
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lazybloke

Lying in the grass looking at the clouds
Location
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/58751483

She says it was a conservative ride and she could have tried harder.
I suspect that is very much hindsight and not what she was thinking at the time. But it means she clearly thinks she can go further.
I thought the BBC Breakfast response to her level of effort was unnecessarily critical/patronising

Edit: in a manner that seems to be reserved for female athletes
 
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