Festum Prophetae: The Improbable Hour
The Hour Record is quite possibly the most fascinating event in Cycling, and ever since I made my first fledgling attempt at suffering through an hour two years ago, I’ve been toying with the idea of making another attempt.
Last time, it was aboard a generously loaned bike which was three sizes too small, plus two. The position was a tad off, with the saddle height three centimeters not high enough, the reach four centimeters not reachy enough, and a saddle set back an undisclosed amount not back enough. But it was still fun, I just couldn’t lay down the V the way I would have liked.
Gianni prophesized that I would return to this, on my own track bike. It planted a seed. A few years later, and the one and only Don Walker has generously agreed to build me a bike custom-tuned to my exact and very unorthodox position. With Trackmaster @Haldy onboard as Consigliere, little by little the frame dimensions have been ticked off and nailed down. My longtime friend Dan Richter at Café Roubaix is sponsoring the effort with a custom built CR Wheelworks track wheels, and our friends at fizik are on board with all the contact points. The only bits I’m supplying myself are a crankset and pedals. And the motor.
And, to add an additional bit of drool to the whole package, the bike will be on display at NAHBS this year, in the Velominati booth. Did I already say drool. I’m sorry, I blacked out for a second there.
More details will emerge, including a specific date and time for the effort. Tech and media genius G’rilla will be doing the video live stream, Gianni will be on board to commentate and take the piss out of me. Scaler will be the day-of coach, and @Haldy will be my Track Sensei throughout the coming months as I learn to ride properly on a track. (The current time is my ideal time, but the track needs to sort out their schedule and find a good time for me to do the ride uninterrupted.)
Come one, come all, and watch me suffer like a monkey.