In September of 1995 I set the US hour record in Colorado Springs, CO using the full aero setup pictured above. I rode 50.191km in one hour and also set the 10km, 20km and 50km US records along the way. The previous record was held by John Frey (49.404km) and was also set in Colorado Springs, which is a concrete outdoor 333.3 meter track. Colorado Springs is 6035 feet above sea level.
This was before the differentiation between the “Athletes Hour” and the “Best Hour Performance” was made. Now there are two different recognized records, those for fully – dorked out aero guys (see photo above) and those who go old school Merckx style (drop bars, spoked wheels and round tubes).
In 1997 Norm Alvis broke my record and rode 51.505 km. I tried to take it back later that year and was ahead at 10km but fell behind by 20km and abandoned the attempt.
As you can see, I was pretty decked out for 1995 – even today equipment does not get leaps and bounds faster. I had a deep front wheel (HED “deep”) and my position had been refined in the wind tunnel.
I used a 55×14 gear and averaged close to 100 RPM. My average power, recorded with a track SRM, was 311 watts. My drag was measured in this position at Texas A&M at around 4.6 lbs @30 mph.
I sometimes get funny questions about the hour record, such as “What was your time?” to which I usually respond “One hour.”
Once someone asked me “Well, at what point did you just stand up and go as hard as you possibly could all the way to the line, 100% as fast as you could go?” to which I responded “At the start.”