Deadly Class HR: Chef Hour Record Report

Sean Fowler posa con la plusmarca establecida tras el toque de campana que ponía fin a su reto. @ryan_caroline
Sean Fowler posing with his Chef Hour Record mark just after the bell ring. @ryan_caroline

The 49-year-old American chef Sean Fowler (Cannondale) set a new Chef Hour Record on Saturday 20th of February as he stuck to the paced plan covering 42.87 kilometres to establish the first-ever world mark on the Chef Hour Record challenge.

Saturday morning was the ending point of a journey that started several weeks ago when Sean Fowler stepped in announcing himself as the first-ever Chef Hour Record contender. The journey, which included multiple trainings sessions in La Cerdanya (where he currently lives) and in the USA states of Colorado (where he was born) and Arizona (where he collaborates with Cinch training camps), took its final stage last week when Sean Fowler headed to Palma de Mallorca where he received the  invaluable help, advice and training from Ireland Cycling, leaving him ready for the outstanding and exciting challenge he was about to face.

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Sean Fowler switched his kitchen stoves for the track bike at Palma Arena Velodrome

A training that was conducted by Brian Nugent, Technical Director and Head Coach at Cycling Ireland High Performance Program, who did not only prepare him both physically and mentally for dealing with such an exhausting effort, but also help him to improve his bike aero position and guided his bike gearing choice.

RECORD ANALYSIS  

In order to assess and put into perspective this record, which could have been followed on live through @Larryvich Periscope profile, it is necessary to mention both the “amateur” status Sean Fowler holds (works professionally for Cannondale Pro Cycling Team), and the lack of expertise and experience on the track.

Sean Fowler’s deadly class supportive team included Irish track squad members Eimear Moran, Josie Knight and Caroline Ryan (who finished the day on the podium at Toni Cerdá Trophy along with Spanish track riders Irene Usabiaga and Leire Olaberria, who won the event), who tirelessly encouraged the American chef during the attempt.

Sean Fowler posa junto a las ciclistas irlandesas Eimear Moran, Josie Knight y Caroline Ryan con la plusmarca de 42.87Km.
Sean Fowler posing with Irish cyclists Eimear Moran, Josie Knight and Caroline Ryan with his 42.87Km record mark.

RECORD IMPRESSIONS

Nicki Strobel, Orica-Greenedge’s chef, expressed his interest in the Chef Hour Record challenge if Sean will guide his preparation for the event.

Sean Fowler appreciated his team support as well as he was considering the possibility of attempting masters 50-year-old hour record, which currently holds Charles McCulloch with a mark of 47.96km, in 2017.

Twitter : @_RoadAndMud

Pictures and sources:

@Larryvich @ryan_caroline

Written by: Diego Martín

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