• Short Summary

    Banish cyclist Ole Ritter failed in his second attempt to recaption the world one-hour distance record in Mexico City on Tuesday (5 November).

  • Description

    Banish cyclist Ole Ritter failed in his second attempt to recaption the world one-hour distance record in Mexico City on Tuesday (5 November).

    He had failed in his first attempt two days earlier.

    Ritter made both attempts at the cycling track built for the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

    On Tuesday the Dane was again too slow to beat the record distance of 49.431 kilometres (30 3/4 miles) set by Belgian ace Eddy Merckx two years ago.

    Mexion City is used by cyclists for such attempts because the Velodroma's wooden track is one of the fastest in the world. Also the city's height -- 7350 feet (2270 metres) above sea level -- brings the advantage of a rarefied atmosphere which makes distance cycling - unlike many athletic events -- easier.

    Ritter held the record for four years before his time was bettered by Merckx.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABL812GVTAOIFY8N14TZ40CZX
    Media URN:
    VLVABL812GVTAOIFY8N14TZ40CZX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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