On Saturday, July 15th 2017, Kevin Metcalfe and Dan Bryant, masters cyclists on the Peet’s Coffee Racing team in northern California, will attempt to set world records at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in central Mexico. Both athletes are targeting The Hour Record, one of cycling’s most prestigious benchmarks. The task facing the riders is simple: pedal as far as you can in 60-minutes. This is endurance athletics stripped down to its basics—a rider and a bike pushing against the very boundaries of the possible.
GU Energy Labs has teamed up with these athletes to provide a data-driven approach to their nutrition. In record attempts like this, every watt and every second will matter. Once they start, each cyclist will be alone. They’ll be wholly focused on the track and on keeping their power level up, even around the banked turns of the velodrome. There’s no time for fueling, not a single moment to rehydrate. So in training for the event, it was essential that Dan and Kevin optimize their diet for peak performance. With nutritional and product support from GU Energy Labs, coupled with blood-based biomarker analysis, personalized nutrition, and supplement recommendations from InsideTracker, the athletes have improved and sharpened their training strategies well beyond the bicycle. Their bodies are primed to perform and fueled to shatter records.
“There’s no turning back”
Both Dan (age 47) and Kevin (age 55) certainly have what it takes to target, and break, world records. Dan has won multiple national time-trial championships for his age group. In 2016 he won the UCI Gran Fondo time trial championships in Perth, Australia. Kevin’s accomplishments are equally impressive. He is a sixteen-time Masters national champion and is the current national hill-climb champion. Both are members of the Peet’s Coffee Racing team based in northern California. They have extensive experience in elite competitions in various disciplines: road races, criteriums, and on the track of a velodrome.
When they roll off the start-line of the Mexican velodrome, Kevin and Dan will also rely on specific preparation for the event. They’ve trained innumerable hours and logged thousands of miles in the saddle. They’ve done meticulous research for the attempt, scoping out an ideal location at high altitude to ensure low air resistance. BMC Racing has provided prototype time-trial bicycles, tuned to match their ideal cadence and power goals. “There’s no turning back once you start,” says Kevin. “Most of the challenge with The Hour revolves around preparation for the event: picking your gear properly, determining the right cadence, and fueling appropriately before the event.”
Even the starting time has been taken into account. Dan and Kevin will push off when the temperature is hot enough to create optimal air density (ensuring less resistance), but not so warm that they overheat. All this work has staged an audacious attempt to pedal farther in a single hour than anyone in their age groups have ever traveled before.