On Sunday 7th June, Bradley Wiggins made history yet again as he smashed the new Hour Record. Most people wont realise the attention to detail required to break the most iconic cycling record…
Dorset based business, Muc-Off, has successfully managed to create the world’s fastest chain for the hour attempt. They started by speed grading over 30 Shimano Dura-Ace chains on the specialist Muc-Off lab equipment. This was so they were able to hand select only the very fastest, most efficient chains to then be deep cleaned and treated with a groundbreaking new formula.
This state of the art formula and treatment process pushes the boundaries of chain lube innovation and is designed specifically to keep friction to a bare minimum. A highly advanced new military grade additive has been implemented along with other cutting edge extreme pressure additives to create an incredibly fast chain lube treatment.
With less than a week to go leading up to the hour attempt, the special chains and chain rings were personally delivered for preliminary testing to the Olympic Velodrome. Muc-Off were also given the special billet chain rings to be put through the same, rigorous running in process the chains had already received. This process alone was proven to save valuable watts over the hour.
The equipment used to provide the quantitative data, as proof that the Muc-Off R&D program could save real world rider watts, is called C.L.O.D – Chain Lube Optimisation Dynamometer. This device, which was designed, and built in house by Muc-Off, has the ability to test any lubricant and chain combinations to provide detailed quantitative data, on efficiency and durability.
Muc-Off is well known for investing in technology; they share the desire and appreciation of marginal gains with all the teams and individuals they passionately work with.
Alex Trimnell, MD at Muc-Off said, “I am so proud that the hard work and investment in technology has paid off, we are delighted to have helped make history! Since 1994, we have been obsessed with innovation and historically there has been so little detailed research into bicycle chain lube efficiency, so it’s very exciting to work on such a cutting edge project. The experience gained from breaking this record will enable us to push the boundaries in everything we do; the world’s fastest chain is just the beginning!”
Sir Bradley Wiggins set out to beat Alex Dowsett’s current hour record of 52.937km on Sunday at Lee Valley VeloPark; London’s Olympic velodrome. He finished triumphantly, in front of a captivated audience. He rode a distance of 54.526km (33.88 miles), 218 laps of the 250m track!