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Scott Plasma 5: Kona to Hour record?
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 23rd October 2014


Tags  Hour Record  |  Kona 2014  |  Matthias Brandli  |  Scott  |  Scott Bikes  |  Scott Plasma 5


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Could we see the Ironman World Championship winning Scott Plasma 5 bike soon be collecting another accolade - this time as owner of the UCI World Hour Record?

Possibly. Sort of...

Germany's Sebastian Kienle powered the newly released Scott Plasma 5 bike across the lava fields to reach T2 in the lead, with a 4:20:46 bike split just over two minutes short of the 2006 record of fellow German Normann Stadler (4:18:23), on a day which is certainly not regarded as one of the fastest over the past decade. He then sealed the deal on the marathon to become Ironman World Champion.

Sebastian Kienle ©Richard Melik/Freespeed.co.uk
©Richard Melik / www.freespeed.co.uk

It was a great Kona for Scott bikes and their new Plasma 5 model generally, with Jodie Swallow taking fourth place in the women's race and Cyril Viennot fifth in the men's, joining Kienle in both performing well on the bike course and then finishing strongly overall too.

Jodie Swallow and Cyril Viennot ©Richard Melik/Freespeed.co.uk
©Richard Melik / www.freespeed.co.uk

The Kona to hour record connection comes courtesy of Austria professional cyclist, Matthias Brändle, who will be attempting the break the UCI Hour Record next Thursday, 30th October 2014 on a modified Scott Plasma 5 bike. Brändle, who rides for the Swiss IAM Cycling team, won two stages of the recent Tour of Britain, and will be attempting to break the distance of 51.115 kilometres set last month by Jens "shut up legs" Voight, following recent changes to the rules and regulations surrounding the hour record, which left it effectively ignored for the past decade. Three-times an Austrian Time Trial champion, he has some pedigree in the discipline too.

Brändle will make his attempt on the track at the World Cycling Center (CMC) in Aigle, the headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI). Voight also set the new standard in Switzerland, in his case on the track at Grenchen.

Matthias Brändle

In order to meet UCI regulations, the bike ridden will be an adapted version of the Scott Plasma 5 machine ridden by Kienle to the Kona title.

The rear dropouts have been adjusted for accept the single speed, fixed gear - with the track hub spacing also 10mm shorter at 120mm. The brakes have been removed, will all slots and covers re-engineered in composite and moulded to the frame and fork structures. Off course, the triathlon-specific Aero Drink and top tube Storage Box will not be present.

That standard Scott Plasma 5 (without the Storage Box and Aero Drink) is fully-UCI compliant - when several of the other 'superbikes' around presently have chosen to ignore the UCI rules completely, or produce variants of their bikes for the purposes of pro cycling teams.

Matthias Brändle

Here is the standard issue version in triathlon guise:

Scott Plasma 5

The Hour record, along with an Ironman World Championship in the same month would certainly be a significant feather in the cap for Scott, and further profile for their new bike. The timing may well be a good one too, with many feeling that with any one of Tony Martin (Specialized), Bradley Wiggins (Pinarello) or Fabian Cancellara (Trek) set to take on the challenge in 2015, the record could be significantly tougher to break a year from now.

Coverage of the record attempt will be available via the UCI's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ucichannel - 7pm start, local time, on Thursday 30th October 2014


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