On July 20th at 9:30pm Central Time, cyclist Kevin Metcalfe shattered the Hour World Record for his age group. In 60 minutes time, the 55-year-old cyclist pedaled 49.121 kilometers (30.52 miles) around the Aguascalientes Velodrome, shattering the 55-59 age record by 1.38 kilometers—nearly a mile. Kevin was one of two athletes on the Peet’s Coffee Cycling Team that worked with GU Energy Labs while training for the event. Also making a record attempt was Dan Bryant (age 47), who fell just shy of his 45-49 age-group record by riding 47.458 kilometers (29.48 miles) in the Hour.
How far is Kevin’s new record of 49.121 kilometers? To give some sense of the effort, imagine riding from downtown Los Angeles to Anaheim on a bike… and then riding a few laps around Disneyland for good measure. Then imagine doing all that in an hour. And while Kevin did not have to reckon with SoCal traffic, his record is just shy of the mark set by Eddie Merckx, the five-time Tour de France champion in 1972. Technological innovations have given riders new advantages on the track, but bear in mind that Kevin has a full-time job and a family. This is something he trains for in his “spare” time.