Vittoria Bussi reclaims the Hour Record and breaks the legendary 50-kilometre barrier

By PressCPA
Ottobre 14, 2023

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce that Vittoria Bussi yesterday beat the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot by covering a distance of 50.267 kilometres on the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is the first woman to break the 50-kilometre barrier.

This exceptional performance means that the Italian rider – who already held the record from September 2018 to September 2021 (with 48.007 kilometres) – reclaims it from Dutch Ellen van Dijk, who did 49.254 kilometres on 23 May 2022 on the Tissot Vélodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Vittoria Bussi is a member of the BJ Bike Club ASD. A mathematician, Bussi is a former international runner and triathlete. As a cyclist, she has podiumed several times in the individual time trial at the Italian National Championships and was part of the Italian team that took the bronze medal in the team time trial mixed relay at the 2020 UEC European Championships.

After her successful performance, Vittoria Bussi said: “I’m thrilled to have beaten the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot for the second time in my career, covering the distance of 50.267 kilometres on the same velodrome where I previously broke it in 2018.

I owe this to all those who supported me throughout the years, believing in me and my project. This achievement is the result of an outstanding teamwork, and I want to thank everyone who contributed to make it happen.”

List of successful attempts on the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot

  • 13.10.2023: Vittoria Bussi (ITA), Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (Mexico), 50.267km
  • 23.05.2022: Ellen van Dijk (NED), Tissot Velodrome, Grenchen (SUI), 49.254km
  • 30.09.2021: Joscelin Lowden (GBR), Tissot Velodrome, Grenchen (SUI), 48.405km
  • 13.09.2018: Vittoria Bussi (ITA), Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX), 48.007km
  • 27.02.2016: Evelyn Stevens (USA), Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome (USA), 47.980km 
  • 22.01.2016: Bridie O’Donnell (AUS), Adelaide’s Super-Drome (AUS), 46.882km
  • 12.09.2015: Molly Shaffer Van Houweling (USA), Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX), 46.273km

— Modernisation of UCI Regulation (May 2014) —

  • 1.10.2003: Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (NED), Mexico (MEX), 46.065km.

Italy’s Filippo Ganna holds the men’s Tissot UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot, as he covered the distance of 56.792 kilometres on 8 October 2022 on the Tissot Vélodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Photo Tania Marquez – UCI press release

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