Evelyn Stevens will attempt to beat Bridie O’Donnell’s recent UCI Women’s Hour Record later this month, USA Cycling has confirmed.
The attempt was mentioned at the recent Boels-Dolmans team presentation, but hadn’t been officially confirmed until yesterday.
Stevens will need to ride more than 46.882km to take the record, and will launch her attack at the velodrome in Colorado Springs Olympic Training Centre Velodrome.
The two time National Time Trial champion and three time World Team Time Trial Champion took to cycling later in life, only buying her first bike in 2008. She told us in a recent interview that her late arrival on the scene made handling and bunch racing more of a challenge, but clearly the strength in her legs is there and her team are confident that’ll shine during the solo track effort.
Announcing the effort, the 32-year-old said: “While attempting to break the UCI Hour Record is exciting for me and my career, I’m also proud to help shine a light on women’s cycling. This will be a special day, and it’s an honor to make my record attempt under the new dome at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.”
Confidence is high – team manager Danny Stam has said: “All of Boels-Dolmans riders, staff and partners wish Evie all the best for the record. She has the capabilities to smash the old record. I’m very impressed with the way I’ve seen her prepare her body and her mind. With her character, it’s impossible to fail.”
UCI President Brian Cookson is looking forward to the attempt – and said: “The current Women’s UCI Hour Record will be only five weeks old when Evelyn Stevens tries to establish a new mark. Bridie O’Donnell set a tough mark last month, and I am looking forward tremendously to following this next challenge. It is clear that the excitement surrounding the iconic UCI Hour Record will be just as high in 2016 as it was last year when we saw six attempts on the men’s record and two on the women’s record.”
Read more about Evie in our interview: “Evelyn Stevens on the difference between healthy fear and restrictive anxiety.”