Evelyn Stevens has become the latest to target the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) women’s hour record, with the American scheduled to make her attempt on February 27.
The 32-year-old’s effort will be the second made in 2016, with Australia’s Bridie O’Donnell setting the current record of 46.882 kilometres on January 22 at the Adelaide Super-Drome.
Britain’s Sarah Storey and America’s Molly Shaffer Van Houweling are the only other two women to attempt the record, following the governing body’s ruling that the record could be broken on an aerodynamic bike in May 2014, with the latter seeing her distance surpassed by O’Donnell.
Stevens will make her attempt at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome, with the open air facility having recently had a dome constructed to allow cyclists year round training opportunities.
“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,” said Stevens.
“This will be a special day, and it’s an honour to make my record attempt under the new dome at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.”
The American, who rides for the Dutch registered Boels-Dolmans team, could benefit from altitude, with the 333.3 metre cement track located at 1,828m above sea level.
Stevens will hope to take advantage of her time trial expertise, having won three World Championship team time trial titles as well as earning two podium finishes in the individual events at UCI World Road Championships during her career.
“The current Women’s UCI Hour Record will be only five weeks old when Evelyn Stevens tries to establish a new mark,” said Brian Cookson, UCI President.
“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.”
Steven’s attempt at the record is due to be streamed live online.