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Evelyn Stevens will attempt to break UCI hour record

Evelyn Stevens, an Olympian and five-time world championships medalist, will attempt to break the women’s UCI hour record on February 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“While attempting to break the UCI hour record is exciting for me and my career, I’m also proud to help shine a light on women’s cycling,” Stevens said. “This will be a special day, and it’s an honor to make my record attempt under the new dome at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.”

Stevens is a former U.S. national time trial champion (2011) and also won the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Edition time trial last season. She finished sixth at time trial worlds in 2015 and helped her Boels-Dolmans team win the team time trial title in Richmond, Virginia.

The record stands at 46.882km after Bridie O’Donnell broke American Molly Shaffer van Houweling’s record on January 22 in Adelaide, Australia.

“The current women’s UCI hour record will be only five weeks old when Evelyn Stevens tries to establish a new mark,” said UCI president Brian Cookson. “Bridie O’Donnell set a tough mark last month, and I am looking forward tremendously to following this next challenge. It is clear that the excitement surrounding the iconic UCI hour record will be just as high in 2016 as it was last year when we saw six attempts on the men’s record and two on the women’s record.”

Stevens will attempt to break the record at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome under the newly constructed winter dome. A 333.3-meter banked cement track, the Olympic Training Center Velodrome sits at just over 6,000 feet above sea level.

“We are thrilled that Evie is attempting to break this very prestigious record here in the United States in front of an international audience,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “Having one of our top American athletes chase history under our new Olympic Training Center Velodome will be very special.”