• Short Summary

    The Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx, aged 27, broke the world one-hour cycling record in Mexico City on Wednesday (25 October) and set seven other world records on the way.

  • Description

    1.
    CU ZOOM OUT Merckx prepares for ride
    0.08

    2.
    CU Ex-King Leopold of Belgium seated
    0.11

    3.
    SV PAN Start
    0.21

    4.
    LV PAN Merckx on circuit
    0.37

    5.
    LV PAN Merckx on circuit
    0.45

    6.
    CU Clock
    0.48

    7.
    LV PAN Merckx on circuit
    1.01

    8.
    LV Time on score-board at ten kms (11.53.10)
    1.04

    9.
    SV PAN Merckx
    1.14

    10.
    LV Scoreboard nears 20 km mark
    1.17

    11.
    GV Crowd cheer
    1.23

    12.
    SV Gun at start of bell lap
    1.25

    13.
    SV Merckx races to finish as crowd cheers (3 shots)
    1.39

    14.
    SCU Merckx waves to crowd
    1.47



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx, aged 27, broke the world one-hour cycling record in Mexico City on Wednesday (25 October) and set seven other world records on the way.

    He covered a distance of 49.40868 kilometres (about 30 3/4 miles) in the hour, breaking the record of 48.65392 kilometres set on the same track by Ole Ritter of Denmark in 1968.

    Merckx also set new time records for 10,20,25,30,35,40 and 45 kilometres.

    Merckx - four times Tour of France champion - said the ride against the clock was his greatest victory.

    Mexico City's Velodrome is one of the fastest cycling tracks in the world because of its perfectly balanced curves and the low air resistance at high altitude.

    Merckx's record-breaking ride was watched by former King Leopold of Belgium, who abdicated in 1951.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEZUZRTF7ZFTDBA4VBQN9ONCSW
    Media URN:
    VLVAEZUZRTF7ZFTDBA4VBQN9ONCSW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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