Molly Shaffer Van Houweling broke the UCI Hour Record on September 12, 2015, at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She rode 46.274 kilometres in 60 minutes on the high-altitude track.
She was the second female rider to go after cycling’s iconic record since its rules changed in May 2014, the first being British rider Dame Sarah Storey.
Van Houweling is the current holder of the US Hour Record. She is also a five-time UCI Amateur Road World Champion, most recently winning the road race and time trial titles at the 2014 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Van Houweling now lives in Berkeley, California, where she is Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Van Houweling’s UCI Hour Record comes 60 years after the first mark (38.473km) was set by Soviet athlete Tamara Novikova in 1955. The existing record of 46.065km was established in Mexico City in 2003 by the then World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, of the Netherlands.
Congratulations Molly, from all the CyclingShorts.cc Team!