Out in Front
Legendary Giuseppe Marinoni, 80, and seasoned pro Ed Veal, 42, set new UCI Best Hour World Records to headline the inaugural Day of the Hour event presented by Mercedes-Benz Oakville, as eight Master track cyclists delivered an astounding show at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ont. last fall on Sept. 23.
Four world records and four Canadian records were set at the remarkable event that will go down in the annals of Canadian cycling, as all eight riders demonstrated that the tradition of recordwinning cycling is alive and well in the land of the red Maple Leaf.
“Feeling great, very happy and proud to have beaten the record,” said Marinoni, who set a new Best Hour World Record of 39.004 kilometres for 80-84 UCI Masters. This was Marinoni’s second attempt to eclipse the distance of 38.657 kilometres held by Paul Martinez of France. One month earlier on Aug. 20, he was one lap short (200 metres). His new record also bested his own Canadian record of 38.334 kilometres. At a final speed of 29.171 seconds per lap, Marinoni completed 156+ laps to set both records.
In 2012, the renowned framebuilder and owner of Marinoni Cycles set the record in 75-79 age category with a distance of 35.728 kilometres. The now-famous film Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame tells the story of that victory.
According to filmmaker Tony Girardin, “In classic form, he had to wait about three hours to pee after the record for the anti-doping test. When all was done, he hit the [Highway] 401 with his wife, Simone, and they got home to Montreal at midnight.”
National team rider Veal left it all out on the track to claim a Best Hour World Record of 48.587 kilometres for 40-44 UCI Masters, eclipsing the standard of 48.411 kilometres set by Jayson Austin from Sydney, Australia in February 2013. Veal also beat the existing Canadian record of 45.189 kilometres, set by fellow Day of the Hour athlete Mike Nash in 2011.
“It feels great, but I can hardly believe it when I hear you say the words ‘new world record.’ I missed it back in 2015 during the #EdsHour event, and knew I had to come back, so a bit of redemption and great to check that box off,” said a smiling Veal.
All eight cyclists were from Canada – specifically from the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The idea for the event grew from the desire of one man, Michael Kolesar, to attempt the Hour Record in his age category, and gradually drew interest from several other cyclists. The Mattamy National Cycling Centre is a 250-metre indoor velodrome, and is only the second Olympic-approved velodrome in North America. – JC
Legendary Giuseppe Marinoni set a new Best Hour World Record for 80-84 UCI Masters on his second attempt.
National team rider Ed Veal claimed a Best Hour World Record for 40-44 UCI Masters on his second attempt as well.