Photo Gallery: Mattias Brändle’s Scott Plasma 5 TT bike

Austrian dethrones Jens Voigt as cycling's world hour record holder

Photo Gallery Time Trial
Austrian Mattias Brändle on his way to history.

Austrian Mattias Brändle on his way to history.

Barley a month after Jens Voigt set a new cycling hour record at a track in Grenchen, Switzerland, the German has been dethroned by Mattias Brändle, who rides for the IAM pro cycling team and is a three-time Austrian time trial champion. Spinning around the 200-meter velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland, Brändle bested the 43-year-old Voigt by 757 meters, roughly just shy of half a mile. At the end of the hour, Brändle had covered 51.852 kilometers, which comes out to 32.22mph.

Carrying the 24-year-old to the record was a modified version of Scott’s new Plasma 5 time trial bike, which was set up specifically to be ridden on the track. The bike was stripped of hydration and fueling compartments, and was equipped with a special drop-out made specifically for track cycling hubs. Gearing was a Shimano Dura-Ace 55-tooth chainring paired with a 13-tooth cog. Power was tracked by an SRM power meter. And of course there were no brakes. Bike weight was 15.9 pounds and Brändle’s averaged 98 RPMs for the 60-minute effort.

For more on this historic effort and the bike that helped make it happen, check out the videos and expansive photo gallery below.

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