Cyclist Tom Zirbel Crushes The U.S. Hour Record
The U.S. Hour Record, the distance an American cyclist can achieve in 60 minutes' time, has stood for two decades. Tom Zirbel, 37, of Rally Cycling, set his sights on the benchmark as a career goal to achieve before he retired. He traveled to the velodrome in Aguascalientes, Mexico, for his attempt in September and went out fast, averaging 16.9-second laps. He not only managed to maintain the blistering pace, but sped up in the final five minutes to 16.6-second laps. Zirbel's total distance was 53.037 km, nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the record. One-and-a-half seconds may not sound like much, but in the world of the Cycling Hour Record, it's a landslide.
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