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Filippo Ganna sets the new hour record: 56,792 km!

The Piedmontese champion surpassed the previous record of 55,548 km set by Dan Bigham on August 19th.

Filippo Ganna RECORD of the hour

At the Swiss velodrome in Grenchen, the new hour record has been set! At 21pm on Saturday 8 October Filippo Ganna completed the feat, smashing the previous hour record of 55,548 km set by Dan Bigham on 19 August.

Filippo Ganna covered 56,792 kilometers in an hour, surpassing the 56,375 kilometers that Chris Boardman traveled in Manchester in 1996 for what at first was considered a record and then, "only" best human performance on the hour since obtained with a bicycle not approved by the UCI.


Chris Boardman, on 7 September 1996 in the fast track in Manchester set a real record, that is to say 56,375 kilometers in a wrath.

Chris Boardman 1994
Chris Boardman 1994

In 2000, a year after Boardman retired from competitions, the UCI decided to eliminate the records set with special bicycles, setting new regulations for the vehicle to be used and classifying records from 1984 onwards as the best human performance. Eddy Merckx's record (49,431) from 1972 returned to effect, which Boardman decided to try to beat, setting the new record on a traditional bike on 27 October 2000, also in Manchester, with an improvement of 10 meters compared to the record of Merckx. His record was then beaten by Ondřej Sosenka in 2005. As for the 56,375 kilometers recorded in 1996, they remained valid as the best human performance per hour before being unofficially surpassed on 25 May 2012 by Aurelién Bonneteau's 56,597 kilometers ( who traveled them on a recumbent bicycle) and officially on 8 October 2022 by Filippo Ganna's 56,792.

The attempt by the Piedmontese cyclist was an opportunity to bring back to Italy a record that had been missing since 1984, when Francesco Moser in Mexico City on January 9 covered 50,808 km and just four days later 51,151 km in sixty minutes.


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