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Ed Veal sets Canadian hour record in Milton velodrome

Canadian track and road cyclist Ed Veal set a new Canadian record for the hour in the Milton, Ontario velodrome on Friday, rolling 47.59-km in sixty minutes, surpassing Mike Nash’s four-year old marker of 45.95-km. The world record belongs to Australian Rohan Dennis, who posted 52.491-km on February 8 of this year.

Before the event Veal had plenty of support from fans and well-wishers within the cycling community.

Veal, a team and individual pursuit racer on the Canadian national track team, assailed the record on a Look time machine.

Veal lit out on the boards of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games venue at 4:45 EST, clocking 250-metre laps in 18.1-seconds. By the half hour mark, Veal was averaging 48.7-kmh.

With 10-minutes remaining, it was clear that Australian Jayson Austin’s 2011 record of 48.31-km in the Masters 35-39 category would stand, but, with Veal averaging 47.8-kmh, the Canadian record was about to fall and the crowd showed its exuberance as Ed set the new high mark. Veal’s average lap time was 18.967-seconds.