If the youtube link below doesn’t work, try this link to Trek’s website for live streaming of the big event.
OK, so why do we care that on Thursday, September 18th, a 43 year old guy is going to ride a bike in circles around a track in Switzerland? Because it’s Jens Voigt, that’s why. The ultimate “tough guy” cyclist, the one who coined the term “Shut up, legs!” when his body was trying to tell him enough is enough. The Jens Voigt who officially retired from cycling last month, but is coming back for one last big thing.
The hour record has been a big deal in cycling since the beginning of time. How many miles/kilometers can you ride, on a track, in an hour. It’s supposed to be the toughest thing imaginable, because there are no hills, no headwinds, no tailwinds, no chance to take a rest or change your rhythm. It’s just you telling your body to endure a bit more than it should have to, for a full hour.
It’s probably fun for the first couple of minutes, as you watch the kilometers click on by, but I’m guessing around 10 minutes in it ceases to be fun and becomes a mentally-deathly contest to keep on pace, to not get too excited, to be so sure of yourself that what you’re putting out right now, at any given moment, is what you’ll be able to put out 40 minutes from now. And what if it hurts, really really bad, right now? How does that make you feel about another 40 or 50 minutes of that “right now” effort?