Out in Front

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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.

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