Austrian Braendle sets new hour record

Austria`s Matthias Braendle set a new one hour record of 51.85 kilometres on Thursday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Twitter.

Reuters| Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014, 07:04 AM IST

Berne: Austria`s Matthias Braendle set a new one hour record of 51.85 kilometres on Thursday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Twitter.

The 24-year-old, riding at the World Cycling Centre in the Swiss town of Aigle, beat Jens Voigt`s mark of 51.11 km which was set on Sept. 18 in nearby Grenchen.

Braendle was ahead of Voigt`s mark by more than 50 seconds at the halfway point and managed to break the record despite a few wobbles in the last 10 minutes.

"Things went well for the first 30 minutes, then in the middle of the race, it was really tough and I suffered," he told Austrian media. "Fortunately, there were lots of people there to support me."

"It got better near the end and I could enjoy it. Towards the end, the pain went away."