French hour record

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Louis Pijourlet

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The hour record is a major part of cycling history and a universal challenge for all cyclists. It has always fascinated me. From Merckx in his garage to Boardman and his position to Moser's bike, the hour record is one of those unique events. It has its own history. Wiggins is my idol, and when he broke the record I was definitely hooked on trying it myself one day. However, I was pursuing other goals as part of the French track team and deciding if I should go pro on the road.

I’ve always loved challenges, living and writing stories, and these are more important drivers for me than any victory itself. When Morgan Kneisky told me about his project to break the French hour record in October 2021, I thought, what better challenge than this? This was especially true since it was at a turning point in my career where it was becoming increasingly difficult to find goals that would motivate me. And when a four-time World Champion offers you a project centred on you, how can you refuse?

So we went for it. We didn't want to copy anyone, so we started from scratch. Morgan's first question was: what bike do you want? I answered: "An Argon 18" without hesitation. I didn't want to compromise, it was that or nothing for me. There was no way I was going to fight on a bike I didn't trust. So he contacted Argon 18 France, and the following week I had a bike! It was perfect for us because we wanted the bike early so we could work directly with the conditions we would face on the track, and thanks to Argon it was possible.