Saturday, 10 November 2012
Daily Cycling Facts 10.11.2012
On this day in 1905, Emile Bouhours covered the 100km between Orleans and Vierzon at an average speed of 61.291kph - considerably faster than the current UCI Hour Record for a standard upright bike, which stands at 49.7kph. Taking into account that bikes in 1905 had more in common with farm gates than today's ultra-lightweight, multi-geared carbon fibre machines, this suggests that Bouhours achieved his remarkable feat through either a very fortuitoius tailwind, cheating (perhaps by using a shortcut) or faulty timing on the part of the race judges.
On this day in 2010 it was announced that the Barclays Bike Hire Scheme - also known as the Boris Bikes after London Mayor Boris Johnson despite the fact that the scheme was invented by his predecessor Ken Livingstone - would be extended to cover East London with an extra 2000 bikes and 4200 "docking stations."