Freds enters the record books
Fred Meredith, 17, rode 49.184 kilometers, or more than 30 miles, in one hour. The previous record was 48.5 kilometers.
He saddled up at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome in Newport, Wales, to compete for the British junior title for the longest distance covered in one hour on a bicycle from a standing start. British Cycling sent two representatives to officiate the attempt, setting the timings and confirming that the bike itself complied with the regulations.
Elite cyclist Dan Bigham, who himself won the senior title from Sir Bradley Wiggins last year, lent his support to Fred by lending him his track bike which had helped him claim his own record.
Fred, who is already the Welsh junior time trial champion and a member of the Shrewsbury-based Holohan Coaching Race team, has spent months preparing for the challenge with bespoke training. Although he suffered an early puncture on the second lap and had to start his attempt over again, he went on to win the title.
Nicknamed “Project 50 in 60”, the challenge is one of the most prestigious in cycling. Fred now hopes his success will inspire others.
“I’m so happy to have reached this record, and after such a fantastic build, I couldn’t be happier. I hope my efforts have inspired others to get on a bike and get involved in the sports,” he said.
“I must say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me and lent me their skills, knowledge, experience and equipment.” he added.
Dan, who during the race is also working as an aerodynamics consultant for Team Ineos, said: “Bravo to Fred, it was a pleasure to support and advise his ambition to set a new junior hour record. He put a solid and ambitious plan in place and worked hard to put himself in the best position to achieve his goal. Congratulations.”
Coach Liam Holohan said: “I’m very happy to see Fred achieve his goal. We had a process in place which he followed very diligently although he was also studying for his A-Levels at the same time. His attention to detail is excellent and his enthusiasm and love for the sport makes him an enjoyable coach. Many congratulations to him.”
Fred has been supported by local businesses Beaumont Lawrence, Cooper Green Pooks, bml-haley.co.uk, Holohan Coaching, Brooks Cycles, Unvented Components Europe and specialist cycling businesses further afield WATTSHOP and rule28.com
He said he will now focus on the 2022 road season – and maybe another national record.