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.

Festum Prophetae: The Impossible Hour Sponsors

Don Walker NAHBS CR Wheelworks Fi'z:ik

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Date - June 17, 2016
2:05 PM - 3:05 PM

Location
Marymoore Velodrome

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61 Replies to “Festum Prophetae: The Improbable Hour”

  1. @Teocalli

    @piwakawaka

    @Rob

    @RobSandy, Good on you! I hope you will start a movement. If enough ride their own hours we could start a sub wager – will he/she beat @Franks time??

    I think from what I could gather a road bike might be appropriate for the Maindy track, that sounds like a long slow velodrome?

    c’mon ye big baby, borrow a track bike, it’s a velodrome and there is only one that allows road bikes and it’s in France.

    It is outdoor and tarmac In fact I just found this…….oh yes, and being Cardiff it’s quite likely to be raining.

    Thanks for that video. I’ve only seen that view several hundred thousand times.

    Had a bit of a pacing test last night, doing a couple of sets of 20mins trying to ride a realistic sustainable hour pace. I seem to have gained some extra watts from somewhere and I think 40 is feasible. But, my word the last 20 is going to hurt.

  2. Wow, enjoy the suffering out there, Frank!

    What bar tape are you going with? I have both the glossy and the classic…but the sheer number of options they now offer is dizzying.

    Thank goodness for the Festum; without it I’d have a much, much harder time remembering that tomorrow is my 4th wedding anniversary. Four years! I’m getting old. Sunday will also be my first as a father, so a pretty damn cool weekend lined up, especially as I’ll be rolling on Sunday with my buddy and hope to not have three punctures, as I had last Sunday. At least I think I sorted out the cause of them and can now avoid it.

    There is a velodrome just a few hours from me. I really need to get over there on a novice night/day and try it out, since I own a track bike!

  3. @frank

    Since the paint was damaged coming back from NAHBS, Don and I decided to repaint the STRACK HOUR frame in a VLVV paint scheme. So wicked stoked; even if I’m slow as fuck, this frame is going to Look Fantastic under me as I toddle around the track.

    Also, just as a heads up, we will be doing a Merckx-Style Hour on Festum, and a legitimate attempt at the local track record later in August. Full aero.

    We are to assume pictured seat post shall be greatly elongated!!

     

  4. @The Pressure

    @frank

    Since the paint was damaged coming back from NAHBS, Don and I decided to repaint the STRACK HOUR frame in a VLVV paint scheme. So wicked stoked; even if I’m slow as fuck, this frame is going to Look Fantastic under me as I toddle around the track.

    Also, just as a heads up, we will be doing a Merckx-Style Hour on Festum, and a legitimate attempt at the local track record later in August. Full aero.

    We are to assume pictured seat post shall be greatly elongated!!

    Pedals and chain would not go amiss either………

  5. @Ron

    Wow, enjoy the suffering out there, Frank!

    What bar tape are you going with? I have both the glossy and the classic…but the sheer number of options they now offer is dizzying.

    Thank goodness for the Festum; without it I’d have a much, much harder time remembering that tomorrow is my 4th wedding anniversary. Four years! I’m getting old. Sunday will also be my first as a father, so a pretty damn cool weekend lined up, especially as I’ll be rolling on Sunday with my buddy and hope to not have three punctures, as I had last Sunday. At least I think I sorted out the cause of them and can now avoid it.

    There is a velodrome just a few hours from me. I really need to get over there on a novice night/day and try it out, since I own a track bike!

    fizik tacky performance tape for me. Favorite! Black for this steed, although I have another more white Arione that I might put on there and then I might do white bar tape…

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