GCN Racing News Show: Did we just witness the most powerful cycling performance ever?

Jeffrey Hoogland broke the long-standing men’s 1km time trial world record, and his numbers are unbelievable

Clock13:12, Tuesday 7th November 2023

As we head into November, the winter cycling season is picking up steam with focus firmly now on track and cyclo-cross racing.

On this week's GCN Racing News Show, Dan Lloyd is back to guide us through the latest track and ‘cross action. Last week, one man in particular grabbed the headlines: Jeffrey Hoogland stormed to a new world record in the men's 1km time trial in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

The Dutch world champion took an astounding 0.869 seconds off of the previous record set almost a decade ago with his time of 55.433. Although we don't have his actual power figures, according to his comments in a podcast prior to the attempt, his intention was to hit a mind boggling peak power of 2,700 watts in order to beat the time.

It was a breathtaking performance that saw him hit a maximum speed of 76kph. Just consider that when you're next on a descent and you'll appreciate the types of speed he was hitting.

Elsewhere on the track, it was the third round of the Track Champions League as riders headed to Paris, France. A tense men's sprint final saw Matthew Richardson eventually nudge out the in-form Harrie Lavreysen, while a victory for Ellesse Andrews in the women's match sprint means things could go down to the wire in the final rounds in London this weekend.

A brutal course greeted cyclo-cross riders at the Koppenbergcross where Fem van Empel dominated the women's race, although it was much closer affair in the men's with Thibau Nys taking his third big win of the season.

The European cyclo-cross was disrupted after storm Ciarán took hold and forced the entire weekend's race schedule to be run on the Sunday. It didn't seem to impact Fem van Empel's rhythm as she powered her way to a seventh victory from seven races so far this season.

Meanwhile in the men's race, defending champion Michael Vanthourenhout hung on to claim the title for the second year running. And there was a sterling performance from Britain's Cameron Mason who, in taking the silver medal, became the first rider outside of Belgium or the Netherlands to have won a medal in the elite men's European Championships.

The road season may be over but there's still plenty going on with the last few moves and renewals within the WorldTour teams. Ineos Grenadiers announced the extension of Luke Rowe's contract along with Ben Swift, Laurens De Plus and a host of other riders. You can keep up with all the latest transfer moves on our dedicated page.

Coming up this week on GCN+ we have more cyclo-cross and track action!

  • Track Champions League has its grand finale in London on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November.
  • Cyclo-cross continues with the Superprestige Niel on Saturday November 11, while the third round of the World Cup takes place in Dendermonde on Sunday 12.
  • GCN+ has a new film called 1992: Following El Diablo where former pro Mitch Docker traces the route of Claudio Chiappucci’s crazy solo breakaway through the Alps to a stage victory in the 1992 Tour de France. Here is the trailer:

As usual, territory restrictions apply on all our race coverage.

Watch the best of the cyclocross season live on GCN+, with replays available on demand. Territory restrictions apply, check availability here.

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