GREATNESS AGAINST THE TIME
Bigham set a new British record at the same location in 2021, with a distance of 54.723 kilometres, and has been targeting an official new world record since.
Bigham said: “I actually felt really good, my best-paced hour by far, I was ahead of my intended split in the first half, but I was feeling good. It was really enjoyable and it’s pretty mind-blowing how it went.
"You have to keep yourself focused on something and we focused on the basics, the three things were line, breathing and head position. I knew as long as I was able to control those things then everything else should fall into place, you're just going to push the pedals as hard as you can anyway."
Bigham joined the INEOS Grenadiers as a Performance Engineer at the end of the 2021 season, and has worked intensively with the Team and its partners, in particular Pinarello, Bioracer and Kask, to develop the team’s knowledge and equipment in the pursuit of quantifiable performance. The UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot has been a benchmark targeted by Bigham throughout his career to date, having made his first record attempt as a student in 2014.
Working as a Performance Engineer with the Grenadiers provides Bigham the opportunity to combine his on-bike expertise with technical research and development, collaborating with specialists from the team’s partners and the INEOS sport family.
Bigham added: "The step-change from previous attempts has been an ungodly amount of support from INEOS Grenadiers. Not just on the equipment, but it’s the physiology, the execution as well as nutritional and training interventions - they’ve stepped it up and the support I've had around me is second to none. It’s made life a whole lot easier, I’ve just had to come here and perform."
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal said: “Having witnessed the effort and dedication that Dan, our team and partners have put into this project it’s great to see them rewarded by Dan breaking the record. His knowledge around aerodynamics and how he uses it to challenge established norms is key to driving innovation, and helps push our performance as a team forward. The UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot is an event that tests this knowledge and innovation in its purest form, so this is a great achievement for everyone involved.