Evelyn Stevens to attempt Women’s UCI Hour Record

  
  


(Feb. 25, 2016) – 2012 Olympian and five-time UCI Road World Championships medalist Evelyn Stevens (San Francisco, Calif./Boels-Dolmans) will attempt to break the Women’s UCI Hour Record on Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. MST / 8 p.m. CET in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
Evelyn Stevens shows the effort needed to be on the podium at the world championships
Stevens will attempt to break the UCI Hour Record on Feb. 27.

The current record of 46.882 km was set by Bridie O’Donnell (AUS) on Jan. 22, 2016, in Adelaide, Australia.
 
“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,” Stevens said. “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.”
 
The UCI Hour Record measures an athlete’s distance traveled on a velodrome track in 60 minutes. Stevens, a road cyclist, will be the first American to attempt the record since Molly Shaffer Van Houweling set the record of 46.273 km on Sept. 12, 2015, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
 
In May 2014, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) modernized and simplified the rules regarding the UCI Hour Record; the record can now be tackled using any bicycle that conforms to the rules defining the characteristics of the bicycles used in endurance track events. Following the rule change, eight men have challenged the record, with Bradley Wiggins (GBR) setting the current bar of 54.526 km. In addition to Bridie O’Donnell and Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Sarah Storey (GBR) also had a go at the women’s record.
 
UCI President Brian Cookson welcomed the news of the latest attempt: “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.”
 
Stevens will attempt to break the record at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome under the newly constructed winter dome. A 333.3-meter banked cement track, the Olympic Training Center Velodrome sits at just over 6,000 feet above sea level.
 
“We are thrilled that Evie is attempting to break this very prestigious record here in the United States in front of an international audience,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “Having one of our top American athletes chase history under our new Olympic Training Center Velodome will be very special. We are grateful to the U.S. Olympic Committee for making this event possible with the recent dome and in helping us host this event later this month.”
 
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USA Cycling will stream the event complete with the behind-the-scenes action on both VeloNews and Ella CyclingTips beginning at 11:30am MST. Get your friends together, host a watch party with your cycling club, and get ready to cheer Evie on!
 
Join the Conversation
Use the official hashtag #UCIHourRecord and the special event tag #RideWithHer to join the conversation on twitter. From Friday until 11am MST on Saturday USA Cycling will be taking guesses as to how far Evie will ride in her attempt. Tag your tweet with #UCIHourRecord, be the closest to the mark, and you’ll receive a jersey signed by Evie!
 
After the livestream ends, get out and #RideWithHer for the rest of the weekend. Share your route with on twitter, tag your tweet with #RideWithHer and the best one will be showcased on the USA Cycling twitter. In addition, the winner with the best ride will receive a signed jersey and the wonderful feeling of going out on a bike ride. 
 
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About Evelyn Stevens
In the brief span of three years, Evelyn (Evie) Stevens made the improbable leap from the analyst floor at a New York investment firm to the road course of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Her well-documented journey to the bike is the result of fierce competitiveness, sheer athleticism and a serendipitous discovery of natural talent. Having found her calling, Evie is now focused on winning a UCI Road World Championship and bringing home Olympic Gold from Rio in 2016.
 
Evie was raised in Acton, Mass., the youngest of five kids in the Stevens family. She excelled at a variety of sports while growing up before playing varsity tennis at Dartmouth College. While in Hanover, Evie studied government with a minor in women’s and gender studies.
 
Upon graduating in 2005, Evie moved to Manhattan to begin work with Lehman Brothers in the investment banking program. She attended her first bike clinic in Central Park in the spring of 2008. With the financial industry in a state of panic, Evie calmly won her first professional race in Union Vale, N.Y. A year later, she said goodbye to New York and embarked upon a career as a professional cyclist.
 
Evie is an offseason resident of San Francisco, Calif., and practices yoga and enjoys reading in her spare time. Currently, Evie shares her passion for lifelong health and wellness as an active representative of a select group of related community organizations. For more, visit evelynstevens.com.
 
About the UCI
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body for cycling recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The UCI’s mission is to develop and promote cycling as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity or as a means of transport.
 
The UCI governs the eight disciplines of the sport of cycling: road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX, trials, indoor and para. Four of them are represented at the Olympic Games (road, track, mountain bike and BMX), two at the Paralympic Games (road, track) and three at the Youth Olympic Games (road, mountain bike and BMX). Additionally the UCI promotes a number of its own events, including the UCI Road World Championships, an iconic annual event, and a wide range of other UCI World Championships and World Cups across the various disciplines.
 
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including BMX, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, road and track. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 64,000 members; 3,000+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 2,600 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org.


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