Ganna to attempt UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot

16 Sep 2022

Ganna to attempt UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot

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INEOS Grenadiers’ double world time trial champion – Filippo Ganna – will attempt to break the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot. His assault on the record will take place at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland on 8 October 2022 at 8pm CEST.

The 26-year-old Italian will need to cover more than 55.548 kilometres to break the current world record, held by Ganna’s INEOS Grenadiers team mate and Performance Engineer Dan Bigham.

Ganna, sporting the UCI rainbow bands for a second consecutive year, has consistently proven himself one of the fastest cyclists on the planet against the clock, so it was only a matter of time before he chose to take on the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot.

Ganna said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge, even though it’s going to be an hour of pure suffering. It will be interesting to see how my body holds up, and just how far I can go - it’s a chance to really test your physical and mental limits. To undertake a prestigious event like this is an important step in my career.”

The attempt at the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot is a great opportunity for the Team, along with key performance partners including Pinarello, Bioracer, Kask, Muc-Off, Continental, Fizik, Core and Princeton to test the product development and innovation it applies to performance on the road.

Ganna said: “I have been training on the new Pinarello bike and it’s super-fast – I love it. It’s another step on from the already high level we have with our equipment. The Team puts so much energy and effort into these projects, and our partners, from Pinarello and the new prototype bike, to a fully customised skinsuit made by Bioracer - they’ve done their part so now it’s my turn. I’m going to feel really good stepping into that velodrome. Mentally that’ll already give me some extra metres.”

Rod Ellingworth said: “We have been building towards this exciting event during the last year. There have been so many layers of thought gone into the planning of this event so we can ensure Filippo arrives at the start line in Switzerland with the best equipment for the greatest chance of success. When it comes to taking on events like this we leave nothing to chance - constantly refining what and how we do things is part of the genetic makeup of the INEOS Grenadiers team. It’s inspiring to work alongside some of the best brains in the business. It’s that kind of care and consideration that shows our athletes how much we want them to do well.” 

In the lead up to Ganna’s UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot attempt, Zwift will host two exclusive training rides with Ganna the weeks prior to the event where fans can join and ride along. The virtual rides will take place on: 

Friday 23rd September @ 13h00 UK / 14h00 CEST

Friday 30th September @ 13h00 UK / 14h00 CEST

Join the ride here