Greg Swinand (50) smashes Irish elite hour record in Mexico

Posted on: November 17th, 2017

Greg Swinand Irish elite hour record

Greg Swinand has now furthered the long-time elite Irish hour record of Rás winner Tommy Evans by a huge amount, and just shy of his 51st birthday.


Greg Swinand smashes Irish elite hour record


The Irish elite hour record has been extended by a huge margin, with Greg Swinand smashing the previous marker he set 12 months ago.

Late last night, Irish time, Swinand set a mark of 48.469km in Mexico.

That extends his previous Irish elite and masters record by 1,609 metres.

Last year he rode 46.860km for the hour; setting that record in Colorado. That was 694 metres further than the previous elite record set by Tommy Evans.

He clocked 46.166km back in 1999, three years after he had won the Rás.

It means Swinand has now furthered the Evans record, which stood for 17 years, by 2.3km.

However, while Swinand’s ride last night was an incredible one, especially considering his age, had had hoped to break the world record.

He was targeting the UCI hour record in the 50-54 years category but fell short.

Former US pro Norman Alvis in September rode 49.392km in Colorado. That beat the former record of 48.892km.

Swinand prepared for his ride under the guidance of coach, and Cycling Ireland’s top-ranked A1 rider this year, Matteo Cigala.

And given that he also went to altitude at Aguascalientes in Mexico for his ride meant he was hopeful of taking the record set by Alvis.

The Velódromo Bicentenario track is regarded as the fastest in the world.

However, a new world hour record did not come to pass and in the end Swinand was 923 metres short.

His ride means any Masters or elite Irish rider looking to break the national record now faces a major challenge.

Since his hour record ride of last year, Swinand has won the Irish Masters 50 road and TT titles.

More recently he won the TT title at the Masters World Road Championships in Albi, France, in the 50-54 category.

We’ll get reaction from Swinand as soon as we can.