The Cycling Gear Bradley Wiggins Used to Smash the Cycling World Record

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sir Bradley had a pleasant bike ride over the weekend, only he took it a bit further than most. He rode 54.526km in his one-hour sprint event, taking the record of fellow Brit cyclist Alex Dowsett.

Wiggins was smashing it around the Lee Valley velodrome on something a bit more specialised than the £179 Halfords clunkers most of the population wobble along cycle paths upon. His bike was, to give it its full title, a Pinarello Bolide HR, a high-end road bike enhanced specifically for the job.

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Car maker Jaguar worked with Pinarello to contribute to the aerodynamics of the bike, resulting in a machine that's apparently 7.5% more aerodynamically efficient than the standard road version of the Bolide.

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A one-piece titanium handlebar reduced drag and weight, the front fork was placed as close to the wheel as possible to minimise drag, plus things like brakes, gear levers and a rucksack with a packed lunch, picnic blanket and Kindle in were also jettisoned to save weight.

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The bike helped Wiggins to his 54.526km target, way ahead of the previous 52.937 record held by Dowsett. Wiggins said: "That's the closest I will come to knowing what it's like to have a baby. It's tortuous. It's such a relief and was such a build-up. We've been through so much, my wife and children know so much about air pressure now." [Sky News, Cycling Weekly]