Vittoria Bussi became the first woman to travel over 48km in just one hour on the velodrome Thursday. The previous women’s Hour Record was set in February 2016 by Evelyn Stevens, which Bussi bested by 27 meters at the Aguascalientes velodrome, a high-altitude facility in Mexico.
An Italian Liv athlete and Doctor of Mathematics, Bussi has only been a cyclist for five years but was immediately captivated by the challenge of breaking the Hour Record.
“For sure it [the Hour Record] is one of the most epic things you can do as a cyclist in your career,” Bussi said, in a video produced by her nutrition sponsor HMVN.
Inspired to achieve her wild idea of breaking the Hour Record by the death of her father in 2012, Bussi’s determination powered her through years of training involving both physical and mental preparedness. October 2017 was her first attempt at The Hour, where she fell short by 404 meters. Rather than accepting defeat, Bussi used her first attempt to become more prepared to achieve her goal.
Though Bussi put 40-minutes into an effort to break the record Wednesday, she pulled out when conditions weren’t perfect. The very next day, she tried again. This time, she succeeded, calling the experience, “the best day of my life.”
Bussi completed the Hour Record on a custom Liv TT bike.