Chorley’s Wiggo to race against history

File photo dated 02-06-2015 of Sir Bradley Wiggins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday June 6, 2015. Chris Boardman expects Sir Bradley Wiggins to take the UCI Hour Record to "the next level". See PA story CYCLING Wiggins. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.

File photo dated 02-06-2015 of Sir Bradley Wiggins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday June 6, 2015. Chris Boardman expects Sir Bradley Wiggins to take the UCI Hour Record to "the next level". See PA story CYCLING Wiggins. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.

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CHORLEY’S own Bradley Wiggins will race against history today when he takes on the hallowed hour record.

The 35-year-old cyclist, who is based in Eccleston, is aiming to eclipse the existing record set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett, who managed to cycle 52.937km in an hour.

If Wiggins succeeds he will become on the sixth rider to have won the Tour de France and hold the hour record in their career, alongside greats of the sport Lucien Petit-Breton, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain.

Wiggins has targeted 55.250km, or 221 laps of the track at the Lee Valley velodrome, which hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 2012 Tour de France winner and British, world and Olympic time-trial champion has track pedigree, including three Olympic gold medals, so will be in his element somewhat turning left and staring at the black line on the Siberian pine for 60 minutes.

Wiggins’ bike has been developed with assistance from car maker Jaguar, but there is one potential aerodynamic advantage he will not part with.

He has trimmed his beard for the attempt but has no plans to be clean shaven.

- If you are inspired by Wiggo and fancy getting on your bike this weekend, tell us how you got on and send us a picture from your ride. Email karl.holbrook@lep.co.uk