Why It's Almost Impossible to Ride a Bike 60 Kilometers in One Hour | WIRED

11 janv. 2019
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The hour record for cycling is very simple. It's just one rider going as far as possible for one hour. WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez explores the physical power needed to push for 60 minutes and the equipment and track choices that can make or break the record.
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Why It's Almost Impossible to Ride a Bike 60 Kilometers in One Hour | WIRED

  • The footage shoot in this hall were made in Switzerland.

    Chronos_16Chronos_16Il y a 6 heures
  • I have done 24 km in an hour with elevations using a regular cycle at age 44.

    X YX YIl y a 14 heures
  • Me when I think of cycling: MOUNTAIN BIKING! ( mtbing. Is better than road biking)

    Mine KidMine KidIl y a jour
  • i can do maybe 40W for 10 minutes

    KingMetal \m/KingMetal \m/Il y a jour
  • Does that doctor sound like Joe Swanson or am i trippin

    Angel ArredondoAngel ArredondoIl y a 17 jours
  • A record without any purpose...hmmm...

    Ram AjaxRam AjaxIl y a 19 jours
  • Wait how does being at a higher altitude make them perform better?

    Gruntslayer 35Gruntslayer 35Il y a 19 jours
  • I only weigh 53 kg plus 159 cm tall. The performance is definitely there. I have been training continuously for 3 years. Why aren't you interested in shaving me? In fact, I already am because it's ready for you to show how bad you actually are. This sport is my way of profiting. I am a real kamikaze

    SOYLSOYLIl y a 20 jours
  • Assholes using the strava app can break any record

    Kuya JayKuya JayIl y a 25 jours
  • This is what I love about cycling, cyclists will literally remove both kidneys if it made them go 2% faster

    Artem BiyunArtem BiyunIl y a 26 jours
  • just ride a aeoro bike with a very high gear

    HyperdriveHyperdriveIl y a 27 jours
  • i did it till 64

    amaan majidamaan majidIl y a 29 jours
  • with the right steroid stack you can ride at 100km/h and above

    YoutubSUCKZYoutubSUCKZIl y a mois
  • They said a sub 2h marathon was impossible....

    ellisellisIl y a mois
  • who elses watches 1000km in 24 hours? ps:forgot the channrl where i watch it

    Jay jay MagnoJay jay MagnoIl y a mois
  • I can keep about 33km/hr for one hour on a bike, and that's generally already stronger than most cyclists in a weekend cycling club or category 4 riders. 40-42 km/hr for one hour would be about triathlete level. 48-50 Km/hr for one hour is considered almost superhuman and only several handfuls of people have that ability on this planet (Tour de France cyclists... etc). 60 km/hr for is virtually impossible. I'd be surprised if any human pulled this off in my lifetime. Even if someone can keep 25km/hr for an hour, they should be fitter than 90 percent of the general adult population.

    Aaron SzetoAaron SzetoIl y a mois
  • steep downhill for 1 hour

    AC FansAC FansIl y a mois
  • Men record is over 56km not 54km as seen in the video.

    Ceco NevisCeco NevisIl y a mois
  • When people think of cycling they think of the steep heills and the sprints of the ‘tour de France’ Me an intellectual : when people think of cycling they think of the daily commute to school

    Powzaloon SitlhouPowzaloon SitlhouIl y a mois
  • I go into "brain dead" mode when I bike hard, did not like it and tried mountain biking, found the heaven.

    Allen ZhangAllen ZhangIl y a mois
  • I really love bikes but I don't even have one 😞

    Nash PinedaNash PinedaIl y a mois
  • You're gonna talk about 1990s hour record positions without even mentioning Graeme Obree by name? For shame.

    CatcrumbsCatcrumbsIl y a mois
  • For every like this comment gets I will ride 10km Let’s see how far I’ll be riding

    J-Rus MusicJ-Rus MusicIl y a mois
  • The mens record is broken by victor Campenaerts 🇧🇪, it’s now 55,089Km!

    lander Tuytelaarslander TuytelaarsIl y a mois
  • you need to give Robbie the juice so he can do it

    Pascal ChristellerPascal ChristellerIl y a mois
  • velox4: hold my pedal

    Sina NgagSina NgagIl y a mois
  • What if you can sprint in an hour

    Haikal KimiHaikal KimiIl y a mois
  • 544km Just in single day frlift.info/first/vid-o/xmuxstqXq6bTmX4.html

    Rashid AliRashid AliIl y a mois
  • I can ride 60kms in 1 hour. I just have to start on the top of a very tall mountain road.

    GeorgeqawsGeorgeqawsIl y a mois
  • Ha, I only ride 20 K/PH and even that’s fairly fast.

    Samuel MacDonaldSamuel MacDonaldIl y a mois
  • Btw the hour record counts by laps not distance. The black line you see is the 250m line. As you see the pro rider is following about the line and sometimes even beyond it. So, the really pro riders literally ride beyond the black line and ride 248-ish meters/lap but counts as 250. This might seem small but you have to remember doing 50km is 200 laps. Assuming you ride a deviation of 249m, you save almost a entire lap of suffering. The position you are at relative to the black line on track is taken to give you that .0008 or whatever. Big gains there man

    Random GuyRandom GuyIl y a mois
  • They should train Gurkhas to do this. They have that high blood oxygen thing.

    abmongabmongIl y a mois
  • I like how everyone in the comments sections tells a joke about cycling like they're pros

    Noob DredNoob DredIl y a mois
  • did they drug test the guy who beat the record? i could probly beat this record if i had a cycle of testosterone going through me. ill be the guy micro doses. everyone knows these cyclists champs cheat. common knowledge

    Dean DanielDean DanielIl y a mois

    BewareTheIdesBewareTheIdesIl y a mois
  • Without gears that is

    Foxypplaysss perezFoxypplaysss perezIl y a mois
  • "it's impossible until someone does it"

    Pedro HauariPedro HauariIl y a mois
  • Not that I advocate changing the parameters, but it would be interesting to have an elite rider attempt it in a Milan SL velomobile. Or a fully faired two-wheeled recumbent.

    John SpoonerJohn SpoonerIl y a mois
  • 4mins into the video and now I have to drink water ASAP

    Ajinkya IngleAjinkya IngleIl y a mois
  • You should at least add Aero bar for comfort while pedaling 😅😅😁

    officialdreymedinaofficialdreymedinaIl y a mois
  • But the camera man is faster

    BruhBruhIl y a 2 mois
  • just get a 100t chain ring

    Gan Shiu KuanGan Shiu KuanIl y a 2 mois
  • I was on the way to a drop-off and the lady complained that I was taking too long. Now I'd have had to ride my fuckin bike like 120 km/h.

    my first crappy video Billymy first crappy video BillyIl y a 2 mois
  • I appreciate that you have a woman for the pro athlete in this bit, it makes biking seem like a sport for people like me.

    Katie ArthoferKatie ArthoferIl y a 2 mois
  • I can only ride 20km in one hour

    Tarık AslanTarık AslanIl y a 2 mois
  • 9:17 Guy: * Explains something in which he is an expert * Robbie: "He's right" Now that's quality content

    RintjeRintjeIl y a 2 mois
  • 45 seconds ? That’s a Premature Endurance

    Andy TioAndy TioIl y a 2 mois
  • 13:33 - That coach is trying to signal that it's more than $5k in parts lol

    Adam LawsonAdam LawsonIl y a 2 mois
  • I stopped watching this video when u said almost!

    Sagarsummer AdhikSagarsummer AdhikIl y a 2 mois
  • Stop claiming UCI-defined bicycles as a "bike" and generalizing as if the real hour record on a bike wasn't above 60km/h decades ago. Furthermore there were bikes within the UCI rules that would have been capable of breaking the record would it not have been for new rules. Your title is nothing but clickbait and a sack full of bs. Please correct this error and help getting the world to understand that bikes are far better vehicles than the sport is depicting it, maybe then more people would consider them a better alternative than cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hour_record_(recumbents) There is loads more information on the web to find, but it is a start for anyone who wants to see for themselves that bikes can go a lot further in an hour than 60k.

    bau m hausbau m hausIl y a 2 mois
  • It's impossible for at most maybe 5 years. After that everyone's doing that.

    Paul RajkhowaPaul RajkhowaIl y a 2 mois
  • Man is wearing cargo shorts under his Rapha bib shorts. What a Fred

    Liam FlanneryLiam FlanneryIl y a 2 mois
  • Bit of a travesty to mention the fastest positions and not the genius who invented them by making his own bikes - Graeme Obree. Much maligned by the UCI who would rather Boardman be the poster boy for the sport

    Crass manCrass manIl y a 2 mois
    • Hahaha, try Mochet and Faure, then we can talk

      Taufik AbidinTaufik AbidinIl y a mois
  • Hey... You're the one who taught me Cubing (Basic Method) and today it's you presenting another interest of mine... #Cycling...

    Prakash UpadhyayPrakash UpadhyayIl y a 2 mois
  • yo the magnetic lens is sic

    Stephan SchmidStephan SchmidIl y a 2 mois
  • if eddy merckx had the technology of nowadays he would most definitly still have been the recordholder

    MatthingsMatthingsIl y a 2 mois
    • Even Eddy Merkx cant beat Francis Faure record,

      Taufik AbidinTaufik AbidinIl y a mois
  • Just like it was almost impossible to break the sub 2 hour in marathon

    FizzFizzIl y a 2 mois
  • i made 48 km/h for 1 km...

    Ercan ÖzkanErcan ÖzkanIl y a 2 mois
  • It IS possible to ride a bike 90 kilometres in one hour, provides it's not a "racing" bike that is designed to be slow: frlift.info/first/vid-o/raPMnNKA0n6poII.html

    leonarundellleonarundellIl y a 2 mois
  • Why is it impossible to cycle 69 kilom- Crackhead:*hold my crack bag*

    Marc-Gabriel IORDANMarc-Gabriel IORDANIl y a 2 mois
  • The rock is to get a car to drive you plus 60km/h for an hour not impossible

    Harry CooperHarry CooperIl y a 2 mois
  • Lol no it not I’ve seen people on that track go 69.83 on that track

    PRODUKE 12PRODUKE 12Il y a 2 mois
  • Why doesn't anyone tell him his cross chaining

    nickalous ferreiranickalous ferreiraIl y a 3 mois
  • I can only do 40km/h for min lol -,-

    Zero CoDMZero CoDMIl y a 3 mois
  • We all can reach that speed,the thing is we cant keep it for one hour

    Rastko KokovićRastko KokovićIl y a 3 mois
  • They declare that women have a different goal than men. They also mention that the women's record have a different wattage vs men's record (women = 350 watts, men = 440 watts). I once heard that men are "naturally" stronger than women. Men are born with a biological physical advantage. But, that does not mean that a woman cannot reach the potential of a man, right? Basically, in cycling (perhaps other sports), men always have better scores than woman? Why can't a woman hold 440 watts in a hour like a man can?

    Renan AlmeidaRenan AlmeidaIl y a 3 mois
  • That guy that doesn't create that much lactic acid can probably do this with the right training

    How DepressingHow DepressingIl y a 3 mois
  • Recumbents can.

    Rob EstRob EstIl y a 3 mois
  • so i can ride one at 59 then interesting

    jamie matthewsjamie matthewsIl y a 3 mois
  • Fastest i did 49km/h in 15 seconds not an hour

    TZ ANKTZ ANKIl y a 3 mois
  • My Google Fit once recorded 72 kmph when I rode on my college's empty roads. Later I found out that it's reported reverse.

    Tharun KumarTharun KumarIl y a 3 mois
  • Just identify as a woman then you’ll break the record. ✌🏽 KustJidding

    PJ ParanPJ ParanIl y a 3 mois
  • I didn't know Ronaldo was involved with cycling @ 0:27

    Stephen NolanStephen NolanIl y a 3 mois
  • It's always Impossible until someone does it and then 1000 others do it. Marathon has now been run in under 2 hours. Something which was thought to be impossible.

    Manish SinghManish SinghIl y a 3 mois
  • My ftp 295 women’s record average 300 does that mean cat 2’s are stronger than women

    waveechowaveechoIl y a 3 mois
  • What if a horse learn to ride bike😀

    Ogulcan KoksalOgulcan KoksalIl y a 3 mois
  • Francesco Russo drove 92 Kilometers in one hour. Look it up its true.

    DreamLikeUrsiDreamLikeUrsiIl y a 3 mois
  • no, its not impossible our coach in cycling can do 80km/ph in a highway. So we say no in the phillippines

    B15 Joshua PerlasB15 Joshua PerlasIl y a 3 mois
  • 3:17 Must be very embarrasing for her to give him a target of 440 watts which is more than her 300 watts.

    Just Sa'inJust Sa'inIl y a 3 mois
  • frlift.info/first/vid-o/raPMnNKA0n6poII.html

    Alexander Baines-BufferyAlexander Baines-BufferyIl y a 3 mois
  • "When most people think of cycling" Steroids? Oh

    AreAreIl y a 3 mois
  • The world record is 100km/h

    Tomáš VerheyenTomáš VerheyenIl y a 3 mois
  • Lindo video ,pero no sé nada de inglés 😁

    Jorge CabralJorge CabralIl y a 3 mois
  • Isn't "almost impossible" and "almost possible" the same thing

    BulBulBulBulIl y a 3 mois
  • When I hold on to my friend when he is on his scooter we go 60 km an hour and I'm on my bike

    Bob CircuzBob CircuzIl y a 3 mois
  • that’s so easy, get on a mountain and ride down it duh

    unavailableunavailableIl y a 3 mois
  • wait what 54.5 is the record? oO I can easily do 52kmh with bad conditions

    HobelHobelIl y a 3 mois

    JacobButAPilotJacobButAPilotIl y a 3 mois
  • local crackhead probably be able set the record on a barbie bike

    Luke Through The LensLuke Through The LensIl y a 3 mois
  • Colorado Springs is 6,045 ft elevation and Aguascalientes is 6,194 elevation. I bet if you can handle higher altitude, you could go even faster. Less Air Pressure.

    Matthew SayreMatthew SayreIl y a 3 mois
  • When I think about cycling I think of mountain biking because it’s better

    Jack LaimpkinJack LaimpkinIl y a 3 mois
  • Imagine having a lower VO2 max than a literal 17 year old

    Julien Audet-WelkeJulien Audet-WelkeIl y a 3 mois
  • ride down a massive hill you idiot

    southsideskatesouthsideskateIl y a 3 mois
  • î can reach this max speed much more but i need a Bike thats more special than a bughatti veron Super Sport edit : My weight 50 KG Height 159,5 cm when you would make a special bike let me test it for im a Dragstercyclist with HUMAN POWER

    SOYLSOYLIl y a 3 mois
  • I am an amateur but I've done 2 ironman triathlons in the past. On the second race there was a long section of inclined road where I was able to go over 70 km/h for about 250 metres. The bike did shake and I had a blurry tunnel vision. It was a frightening experience.

    hitchhitchIl y a 3 mois
  • It wouldn't hurt once the whole body goes numb.

    Love not the worldLove not the worldIl y a 3 mois
  • If one person falls. Everyone falls.😅

    MapleMapleIl y a 3 mois
  • use gogo's bike in big hero 6

    jp ujp uIl y a 3 mois
  • Why it's almost impossible to come up with a more click baity video title than you idiots do

    icantechnomoreicantechnomoreIl y a 3 mois
  • you have to reach 1km in 1 minute.

    Play nowPlay nowIl y a 3 mois