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The Hour Record

Mighty Jens

So big Jens did it, he told his legs to shut up and he smashed the hour record! He covered 51.115km in an hour in front of 1600 people at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. He smashed the achievements what many of the greatest endurance cyclists of all time had done and at the age of 43. He beat Indurain, Boardman, Merckx and Moser at the end of a long, successful and hugely entertaining career and what a great parting shot.

For Huez he is one of our favourite cyclist of the modern era, so today’s blog is dedicated to him and his career. Born in 1971 he started his career in 1994 and never dominated cycling like Armstrong, Ulrich and Contador. Yet he was far more popular amongst cycling fans and has had a cult following in the cycling community. This was because he was one of the best rouleur riders of all times and a team player that did so much for others to win. However, he brought so much excitement to races with his propensity to attack and his incredibly positive racing attitude which would result in some of the craziest breaks. As an amateur cyclist you could easily liken to him with the pain etched across his face. Added to this his he was always hugely engaging, forthright, articulate and amusing in dealing with the public and the media and he brought some humour to a sport that is devoid of big characters. Jens, Huez will miss you, your crazy attacks, quotes and great personality, good luck in retirement and congratulations on smashing the record, what a way to go. We will leave you with one of our favourite Jens quotes: “In the hierarchy of the family, I’m just above the dog. But I like it that way”.

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