Bring it on says Bradley

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Sir Bradley Wiggins

Chorley’s Sir Bradley Wiggins hopes his UCI hour record comes under attack in the next 12 months for the prestige of the event.

On Sunday, Wiggins recorded a distance of 54.526 km in 60 minutes at the Lee Valley VeloPark, surpassing fellow Briton Alex Dowsett’s previous best by 1.589km.

The 35-year-old fell short of the generation-defining performance he had targeted due to unfavourable high atmospheric pressure, and while he hopes to hold the standard for some time, he would welcome challenges from Dowsett and road time-trial greats Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin.

“For the record it would be nice now if someone does attack it in the next year or so,” Wiggins said.

“Even if they fail it will be good for the record, it will give kudos to this record.”

Wiggins, who believes he may have ridden 700m more had the air pressure been lower and therefore more favourable, hopes future bids are made at sea level rather than altitude, where thinner air can aid attempts.

The 2012 Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic champion preferred the partisan support of the 6,000 spectators, which created such a din it was reminiscent of London 2012.

“I really wanted to do it in London or Manchester at sea level for the crowds to come. I didn’t want to go off to Mexico,” Wiggins said.

“It would be nice if it becomes a sea level world record now and everybody follows suit with that and not go for the advantage at altitude.

“Aside from the fact I don’t want anyone breaking my record, it would be nice to have everything under the same conditions.”