GIUSEPPE MARINONI TO ATTEMPT 80-YEAR-OLD BEST HOUR RECORD
All eyes will be on Montreal’s renowned frame-builder Giuseppe Marinoni this August as he goes for his second Best Hour Record triumph on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Mattamy National Cycling Centre’s velodrome in Milton, Ont.
Fans can enjoy the amazing story of his life in the film Marinoni: The Fire in
the Frame by Tony Girardin the evening before, to set the stage for his Best Hour Record attempt.
In October 2012, Marinoni, founder of Cycles Marinoni, set the 75-79 age group Best Hour Record at the Montichiari Velodrome in Montichiari, Italy.
Marinoni, who was 75 years old at the time of his record attempt, was born outside of Milan, Italy in 1937. During his record attempt in 2012, Marinoni rode 35.728 kilometres, breaking the previous record of 33 kilometres.
Marinoni is preparing for his next Hour challenge, which places him in the 80-84 UCI Masters Hour Record age group. The current 80-84 UCI Masters Best Hour Record was set in 2015 by then-81-year-old British rider Walter Fowler at the Newport Velodrome.
That record currently stands at 35.772 kilometres.
Under Marinoni will be the same bike used in his last record ride: Jocelyn Lovell’s 1978 machine. Lovell, who passed away in June 2016, was a legendary Canadian rider who dominated on the track and road in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Marinoni will undertake this latest record attempt “In Loving Memory of Jocelyn Lovell.” The bike will be outfitted with an aero bar set-up and disc wheel, which were not used during Marinoni’s 75-79 age group record ride.
Entry into the velodrome for the record attempt is free for spectators, with the possibility of reserving seating in advance.