• Evelyn Stevens, encouraged by coach Neal Henderson her way to breaking the the women’s cycling hour record covering 47.98km (Christian Murdock/AAP) (AAP)Source: AAP
Evelyn Stevens (USA) broke the Women’s UCI World Hour Record on Saturday officially riding 47.980 km.
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Cycling Central

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International Cycling Union
28 Feb 2016 - 2:41 PM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2016 - 2:43 PM

The 32-year-old topped Bridie O'Donnell's record set at the Adelaide Super-Drome last month by 1098 metres. 

Stevens' achieved her feat on the banked cement track at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Centre Velodrome, 6,000 feet above sea level. 

The Boels Dolmans rider is the second American to beat the record after Molly Shaffer Van Houweling’s successful ride on September 12th 2015 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

“It’s not common that you get the chance to set a new World Record. Could not have been a more perfect day. I just want to celebrate with everyone now," said Stevens

“I would like to congratulate ‘Evie’ on her achievement tonight. Bridie O’Donnell’s record stood for five weeks and we have already seen two attempts this year despite only being in February,” UCI President Brian Cookson said.

“Two years after the rule change, riders’ interest in the UCI Hour Record has not waned. From Europe to North America via Oceania, one after another the athletes are pitting their strength against our sport’s legendary event, in front of fans who can follow live their exploits on our YouTube channel," he said. 

Stevens looks ahead now to the European road season and later in the year, the Olympic Games in Rio. Now, at least for a while, she is a world record holder.