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Aussie seeks record at Swiss cycling venue

Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis will make an assault on the world one hour record at the Granges velodrome in the canton of Fribourg on Sunday.

Aussie seeks record at Swiss cycling venue
View of Granges velodrome. Photo: Velodrome Suisse

Dennis, 24 and winner of the recent Tour Down Under, will be aiming to overhaul the 51.852 kilometres covered in 60 minutes last October by Matthias Brändle of Austria, also in Switzerland, at Aigle.
   
Brandle beat the previous best of 51.115km set the previous month in Granges, by Jens Voigt of Germany.
   
Dennis, world pursuit champion in 2011 and Olympic silver medallist in London with the Australian pursuit team, is the first man this year to attack the record.
   
Britain's Olympic time trial champion and former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has already announced he plans a record attempt later in the year.

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VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021

Demand for bicycles has soared in Europe during the coronavirus pandemic, but conversely the global supply is at record low levels, with consumers having to wait months or over a year for their bike of choice.

VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021
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Bikes are projected to outsell cars in Europe by two to one by 2030.   

But 2021 will not be an easy year to buy a bike in many European countries, especially if you have a particular model in mind. 

Firstly, there's been a huge surge in demand for bikes during the pandemic, as Europeans looked for ways to stay fit and move around more freely without having to worry about being exposed to Covid-19 on public transport.

On the flip side, bike production in China, which supplies almost the entire global market, has practically ground to a halt.

The same can be said for bicycle accessories and components, which are either not being produced in Chinese factories currently or held up for months in ports in Asia due to the reduction of capacity in shipping.

 

In this short report, video producer Alex Dunham explores the issue of Europe's bike shortage in 2021.

 

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