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Rás Mumhan stage winner takes aim at Wiggins world hour record

Posted on: October 12th, 2017

Dutch pursuiter Dion Beukeboom to target Bradley Wiggins hour record

Having won a great stage at Kerry Group Rás Mumhan in Ireland, and celebrated in some style it must be said, he now believes he can break the world hour record set by Bradley Wiggins. Dion Beukeboom says Wiggins broke his record in less than ideal conditions and he believes he can further it on a much faster track in Mexico (Photos by Pat Doherty)

 

Dutch pursuiter Dion Beukeboom to target Bradley Wiggins hour record

 

His is not a marquee name in the world of cycling, but Dutch pursuit champion Dion Beukeboom believes he can break the world hour record of Bradley Wiggins.

The 28-year-old is known to Irish riders, having won the final stage of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan back in 2010. And since then he has progressed to the pro ranks.

Beukeboom rode for Destil-Jo Piels Cycling Team this year; his seventh season at Continental level. He has also claimed two bronze medals in the individual pursuit at the European Championships.

He now says when Wiggins broke the hour record in London in June, 2015, he set his 54.526km kilometres in less than ideal conditions.

Dion Beukeboom plans to go to Aguascalientes, Mexico, next year to try and break the record. Because of the altitude the track is at, it is regarded as the fastest in the world.

“I do not have the illusion that I am a better cyclist than Wiggins. But I also know that Wiggins set his record in conditions that were not ideal,” Beukeboom told AD, a newspaper in his native Holland.

And his coach Jim van den Berg shared that view.

“Wiggins rode in London, on a track at sea level, with high air pressure,” Van den Berg added.

“It was a commercial party. Tickets were sold, a book about the hour record attempt was published, VIPs were invited to come and watch.

“However, the hour record was not as impressive as it could have been. There is a window of opportunity and we want to crawl through it.”

And Van den Berg said because the air at the 2,000 metre altitude of the Mexican track was so much thinner, it would give his rider a huge advantage over Wiggins.

“The gain of reduced air pressure is greater than the loss of reduced oxygen intake,” he said of Beukeboom’s attempt, which is not expected to take place until next August.

For his part, Beukeboom said that he was not concerned his cycling career had been modest to date. He still believed he could beat Wiggins.

“Over the past two years I have tried to secure a contract with a big team. That did not work,” he said.

“Mostly because I’m not good enough, maybe also because I’m too nice. Sometimes you have to be a bastard as a cyclist. I do not have that quality.”

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