Rohan Dennis, 24, fresh off winning the Santos Tour Down Under is in Grenchen, Switzerland, honing himself mentally and physically ahead of an effort former Olympic team-mate Bobridge discovered on Saturday, felt “close to dying”. Like Bobridge, Dennis will need to go 51.852km to overtake the existing record of Swiss rider Matthias Brandle, a mark that shouldn’t be taken for granted after Bobridge’s recent attempt.
Dennis will ride a modified BMC Time Machine to meet UCI standards when he takes on the record, Sunday, with fixed gearing to aid the Australian’s efficiency. Although the aesthetics of his bike won’t help Dennis cut through the air faster, it sure does look an absolute weapon.
2350-0115 AEDT SBS2 Sunday 8 February (Live to all except WA)
AND streaming online at Cycling Central.