Alex Simmons/RST wrote:singlespeedscott wrote:Things like the hour record need to be about the rider not the technological advances of the time.
Sure but the problem is the same standard hasn't been applied to all the other timed events such as the individual and team pursuits, the kilo TT, or even the flying 200m TT, so why is the hour record singled out in this way? That's what makes no sense.
I'm just reading The Race Against Time by Edward Pickering about the rivalry between Boardman and Obree, just up to the part where the UCI banned Obree's position by introducing just enough rules to stop him. They would introduce a new rule, he'd modify the bike or his position to comply with it, they would introduce another rule and so on. The book argues that it was because he was an outsider (coming from the UK time trialing scene) and when Moser failed to break the record using a variation on Obree's position the response was to try to get rid of him by banning the position.
I think it will be great to see Spartacus attempt the record, maybe it should be required of the TT world champion to make an attempt each year.