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80-year-old Giuseppe Marinoni and three others broke hour records on Saturday in Milton

Eight Canadians were attempting to break hour records in their respective categories on Sept. 23

Giuseppe Marinoni aims to set a new one hour record at the Milton Veldrome, Aug 19, 2017 (Photo: Adam Wojtkowiak, Canadian Cycling Magazine)

On Saturday, eight Canadians gathered at the Mattamy National Cycling Center in Milton, Ont. to attempt to set new hour records.

The eight of the Canadians, three women and five men, are from Quebec and the five Ontario municipalities of Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Toronto, and Ottawa. They range in age from 32 to 80 covering both the amateur and professional levels. The hour record is one of cycling’s most prestigious with athletes trying to cover as much distance in 60 minutes on a velodrome as possible.

The event, which was organized to celebrate Canada150 and try to make Canada the country with the most hour records, is being called the Day of the Hour.

David Hainish from Milton set out to beat the current men’s 30 to 34 record of 47.764 km. Jane Emans of Milton is attempting the women’s 35 to 39 record with 42.16 km being the distance to beat. . Jody Levine of Toronto will go to establish a women’s 45 to 49 record which currently has no existing record. Michael Nash of Ottawa will go for the men’s 50 to 54 record of 48.89 km. Bryn Currie of Toronto will aim for the women’s 50 to 54 record of 43.21 km. Michael Kolesar of Mississauga will go for the men’s 66 to 69 record of 43.73 km. After failing to set a new men 80 to 84 hour record in August when he came within 200 m of the current and still standing record of 38.657 kilometres, Giuseppe Marinoni of Montreal joined the line-up.

How the day unfolded

Jody Levine of Toronto started the day at 8:10 am EDT setting out to establish a new world record for the 45 to 49 women’s category. She put in a strong ride placing the benchmark at 38.156 km.

Jane Emans of Milton was next attempting the women’s 35 to 39 record which sat at 42.16 km. Her strong ride raised the mark to 42.425 km making her the new world record holder.

Michael Nash of Ottawa was next going for the men’s 50 to 54 record of 48.89 km. He was unable to best the world record time but raised the Canadian record to 46.434 km.

Giuseppe Marinoni’s attempt was perhaps the most anticipated after he failed to raise the mark in the men’s 80 to 84 category in August. At the half way point he was looking good with the clock showing he was on pace to set a new record. By the end of his hour effort, Marinoni had done it establishing a new world record at 39.004 km.

Milton resident David Hainish set out to beat the current men’s 30 to 34 record of 47.764 km but ended up settling for the Canadian record covering 45.325 km.

Bryn Currie of Toronto rode for the women’s 50 to 54 record of 43.21 km. She failed to best that but the 40.366 km she rode was enough to set a new Canadian record.

Michael Kolesar of Mississauga was next hoping to cover 43.73 km to break the men’s 66 to 69 record. He fell well short of that only covering 35.949 km which became the new Canadian record.

The final effort of the day was Ed Veal of Newmarket, Ont. going for the world record of 48.411 km in the men’s 40 to 44 category. Veal’s effort saw him cover 48.587 km just enough to claim the record for his own.