Courtesy of Trek Bikes
In cooperation with Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and broadcast partner Eurosport, Trek Bicycle will stream Jens Voigt’s Hour Record attempt for free for US fans from 11:30 – 13:30 CDT on September 18, 2014.The attempt is scheduled to begin at 12:00 CDT.
Trek, UCI, and Eurosport have teamed up to ensure that Jens Voigt’s sizeable US fan base will not be left out of viewing what is surely to be the iconic cyclist’s last, and perhaps most important, ride of his storied career. The attempt will take place Thursday, September 18, at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, and will be broadcast by Eurosport to over 140 million homes in 70 countries. US-based visitors to will be able to view the stream below, or by visiting www.trekbikes.com/hour_record.
Fans who want to follow the attempt via Twitter are encouraged to follow @TrekFactory for live updates and use the hashtag #HourRecord to join the conversation and cheer Jens on, and the unofficial hashtag #ShutUpHour.
“To be able to give the US fans, some of the most passionate fans in the world, the opportunity to watch the attempt is really something special,” said Voigt. “I’m doing this for a lot of reasons but one of the biggest reasons is to give the fans one last thing to cheer for and I’ll be carrying all of that goodwill with me on the ride.”
Originally established in 1876, the Hour Record is one of the most revered achievements in cycling. Through the years, it has been held by such greats as Coppi, Anquetil, and Merckx, whose 1972 mark stood for 12 years. The current record of 49.700 kilometers was established in 2005 by Czech rider Ondřej Sosenka. Voigt, whose signature solo attacks have thrilled cycling fans since his professional career began in 1997, will look to better this distance and add his name to the list of legendary record holders before calling it a career once and for all.
Before the Curtain Drops
Jens Voigt began his career as a skinny German kid from the east side of the wall. He ends it as a cycling icon known simply by his first name, a fierce competitor famous for mercilessly punishing those who would test themselves at the same start line. As Jens puts it, “I get paid to make other people suffer.”Tweet Print