Molly Shaffer Van Houweling breaks UCI hour record

  • By Spencer Powlison
  • Published Sep. 12, 2015
  • Updated Sep. 14, 2015 at 7:05 PM EDT

American Molly Shaffer Van Houweling (Metromint) set a new women’s UCI hour record Saturday night in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She rode 46.273 kilometers in 60 minutes on the high-altitude track.

“I just feel really fortunate,” said Van Houweling, 42. “You never know if everything is going to come together on race day. You just have to control everything you can control. Everything seemed to come together today.”

Van Houweling rode steady laps throughout the record-setting ride, and even delivered a few negative splits in the closing laps. With this ride, she beat a 12-year-old record held by Dutchwoman Leontien Van Moorsel, 46.065 kilometers. For that 2003 attempt, Van Moorsel was riding a “Merckx-style” bike, in compliance with the regulations at that time. The UCI changed its rules in 2014 to allow pursuit bikes for hour record attempts


Spencer Powlison

Spencer Powlison

When it comes to bike racing, Spencer is a jack-of-all-trades. He loves pinning on a number, whether it’s in a local criterium, a mountain bike enduro, a cyclocross national championship, or a gran fondo. Name any cycling discipline, and more likely than not, Spencer has ridden or raced it. He has been lucky enough to work in the bike industry for the majority of his adult life, from his time turning wrenches in a Vermont bike shop to his five-year tenure at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

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