It is official: 91-year-old Carl Grove from Bristol, Indiana, has broken the World Hour Record (UCI) for the 90+ age category. Carl is a multiple-time U.S. and World Champion in time trial and select track events.
Carl made his successful attempt at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome on Tuesday August 6, besting both the 85-90 age category record of 34.095 kilometers (21.186 miles) and the targeted 90-95 age category record of 29.278 kilometers (18.193 miles) by completing 34.498 kilometers (21.436 miles) during his one-hour effort.
“I am overjoyed!” stated Grove after learning his official numbers. “I really wanted to show the world what us seniors can do and think this was a pretty good effort, not bad for an old guy! I think it is important that people get the message: stay active as you get older, keep doing the things you love, and anything is possible.”
Grove’s efforts were supported by his long-time friend and training partner, Bruce Gordon, and his coach, Kathy Watts, both of whom were present and helped Carl in his record-setting performance.
“He is so amazing,” praises Kathy Watts. “He trains hard, does the work he needs to do to stay fit, and was very focused for this record attempt. To see him not only surpass the old record but exceed it by over 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) was amazing!”
In addition to the hour record, Grove went on to set another national record on Thursday, August 8, at Masters Nationals in Colorado Springs. He crushed the current 90+ time trial record by 6 minutes with a time of 32:59 for the 20k event.
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