Joss Lowden’s Hour Record LIVE: Updates as British driver takes prestigious track record


Afternoon friends!

Alex Ballinger here, digital news editor for, bringing you live updates from Joss Lowden’s hour record attempt.

Lowden is ready to go at 4 p.m.!

The record Lowden is aiming for is 48.007 km, which she set at altitude at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico in 2016.

For kit lovers, we also have the full list of gear Lowden will be using, including the now famous POC Tempor helmet.

Here is the breakdown:

Framework: Argon 18 Electron Pro
Wheels & Tires: FFWD Disc-T SL, Vittoria Pista Speed ​​2.0 23c
Pedals: Speedplay Aero
Crankset: Wattshop Cratus with Izumi KAI chain
Gear: 64×15
Bar: Wattshop Pentaxia Olympic with Wattshop Anemoi extensions
Case: Tailor-made Le Col x McLaren Project Aero suit
Helmet: POC duration

(Image credit: Tom Griffiths/The Col)

Lowden’s partner and aero expert Dan Bigham just hit the trail riding Lowden’s bike.

Dan will tackle his own hour record tomorrow as he tries to break the British record.

But today it’s all about Lowden, who hopes to make history.

Our writer Jonny Long spoke with Lowden at the World Championships earlier this month, where Lowden spoke about the record.

Here’s what she had to say: “I’m a little intimidated, you start thinking ‘ah, that’s a pretty big statement’, like when you’re aiming for an hour record, you kind of say ‘I am better than any other woman who’s come before me who’s tried that” and sometimes I think that’s really a statement I want to make? My style is more to fly under the radar and go do the things quietly and then leaving ‘it was very good’.

“But you kind of realize people want to see it because it’s exciting and it’s a good thing for women’s cycling…there’s so much hype around men doing it. there aren’t really enough women so I hope that will get other women to do it I mean if you sent Ellen [Van Dijk – the new women’s time trial world champion] come out to make this record, that would be amazing, I mean, give me a moment with it first… if I get it.

Lowden came out in the center of the track and is just putting in place the final touches of her preparation.

She’s fully equipped, some chalk on her hands and she’s on the trail.

The first lap of an hour record is a really tough balancing act, as you have to put in the power to pick up speed as quickly as possible, but not overexert yourself so you don’t suffer later in the race.

That’s the highest power you’ll achieve on the entire ride, but what’s the ideal amount? Lowden will have spent hours perfecting every detail of this ride.

She is now in the starting grid, looking tense but ready to go.

10 seconds and count.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and away we go.

60 minutes alone with the track is such a brutal challenge.

Lowden is up to speed and in position, averaging 32.3 km/h for this first lap.

It now picks up the pace, up to 38.6 km/h.

On lap four and Lowden is still slightly ahead of the target, 0.3 seconds.

But with such a long way to go, that’s not an indicator of how far that right might go. She covered 1.5 km in the first two minutes.

14 laps less now for Lowden, 3.5 km covered in 4-49.

She is just 0.139 faster than the current record. It looks like Lowden is trying to ride as close to the record as possible in the opening section, before then increasing the power later in the pilot to try and gain some extra time.

Lowden is averaging 47.193km/h so far after 25 laps, she is 0.7 seconds off the current world record, so she is picking up speed now.

Eight minutes out of the 60 done so far.

She just cut the pavement slightly inside the track, a sketchy moment but she seems to have recovered and is still on a good pace.

Picking up speed now, she is 1.4 seconds ahead of the record pace and looks comfortable.

Remember that the current record is just over 48km covered in 60 minutes.

This record was also set at altitude in Aguascalientes, while Lowden is nowhere near as high above sea level, showing just how strong she must be.

Here’s a video of Lowden’s debut:

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11 km journey, 14 minutes have passed! It’s 45 laps of this track in Switzerland.

Lowden is really ramping up now, she’s 3.4 seconds ahead of the world record pace, so she could be on track to smash the existing record if she maintains that pace.

Lowden must cover 48.007 km to break the record.

Wow so far it’s been an outstanding run.

We have just reached the 15 km mark, 61 laps.

Lowden is five seconds ahead of the world record pace, averaging 47.9 km/h so far as she continues to gradually increase the pace.

That’s 24 minutes covered, Lowden has covered 19 km so far with an average speed of 48.092 km/h.

She is seven seconds ahead of the record pace, it looks like a phenomenal race as she continues to increase the speeds.

Lowden has just reached halfway! 30 minutes traveled and it has traveled 24 km so far, the average speed is 48.1 km/h.

She needs an average of just over 48 km/h to break the record and she is 11 seconds ahead of the WR pace.

She still looks so stable and smooth on the bike as she continues to increase the effort. It really is a phenomenal ride.

We just passed the 100 lap mark, amazing stuff from Lowden.

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Lowden still rips this track.

34 km covered in the first 42 minutes, and she is 20 seconds ahead of a record pace.

48.3 km/h average over the first 137 laps.

It looks like a record pace. 18 minutes remaining.

Until the last 12 minutes now and Lowden is 39km away. She is still comfortably on pace for the world record, now 25 seconds ahead of the pace she needs to break the record.

158 laps covered in 48 minutes.

In the last 10 minutes! This is where it really hurts. Nine minutes this far into the ride is going to feel like an eternity, but Lowden looks set to break the world record.

41km traveled in 52 minutes, average speed of 48.399km.

She has to cover 48.007 km, but she is 26 seconds ahead of that pace she needs to break the record.

Five more minutes! 44km covered, she only has 4km to go.

Lowden had a flawless run here, 27 seconds ahead of the record.

177 laps of the Swiss Velodrome to date.

45km covered! four minutes to cover 3 km now.

Fantastic stuff. She’s starting to hurt now as she veers across the track and rocks left and right in the saddle.

She did 184 of the 192 laps she needs to break the hour record.

Only two minutes left, the finish is in sight but it has a 28-second lead.

Only 1,008m left to break the record! Last 90 seconds!

Two more rounds is all she needs to cover in the next minute.

A tour to do! less than a minute to ride.

SHE DID IT ! Joss Lowden broke the hour record

Last 20 seconds and she broke the record

48.4 km! She broke the record by about 400 meters. Absolutely phenomenal ride.

Joss Lowden is the new women’s hour record holder, having just completed two more laps than Vittoria Bussi’s previous record.

Absolutely breathtaking stuff on the Swiss Velodrome in Grenchen.

Here’s what Lowden had to say after breaking the women’s hour record:

Relieved but also I think I was a bit dramatic. It was really disturbing and the nerves were at the extreme, a lot of doubt but actually it wasn’t that bad.

When I came back from altitude in early September I just remember thinking “oh my God” you’re starting to question your preparation I started wondering why I had it done after three races at the world championships. Many people said it was not a good preparation for the Hour and they weren’t wrong, it wasn’t. But it was enough to do what I wanted to do and what I had to do. I’m happy with how it went. I’m glad I put my plan into action.

It’s so easy to say in hindsight but I started and knew I could comfortably ride the record in theory so I just had to trust that I knew if I sat under it , it would be good.

There was a point where Dan told me to carry on and you can put that on the shelf. I thought ‘am I going or am I playing it safe?’ I went somewhere in the middle. In terms of the game, there have been ups and downs. I can definitely be pretty calm some days. I had a very good team supporting me in that with Dand and my parents, my coach Sean, Le Col, all my friends.

Lowden set a new record of 48.406 km in 60 minutes, beating the previous record by nearly 400 m.

Check out Lowden’s full race story here:

Joss Lowden breaks the hour record

Joss Lowden during his hour record

(Image credit: James Huntley)

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