In Mexico City in 1984, Italian cycling superstar Francesco Moser ventured an attempt at the prestigious world hour record. Eddy Merckx had set it in 1972 and it had been unbroken since.To achieve his goal, "lo sceriffo" took a different approach than Merckx did 12 years before. Merckx rode on a bike with a classic geometry and drop bars, which was lightened to the maximum you could risk for such a power output.Moser thought differently, he tried to ride his bike as aerodynamical as possible. This involved special clothing and a very special bike. It was not precisely lightweight but the frame forced the rider's body into an aerodynamic position. The machine rolled on disc wheels and featured a bull horn handle bar.His aerodynamic improvements earned Francesco Moser the eagerly anticipated record, which he was able to raise in a second attempt to an astonishing distance of 51151 meters!The bike that played such a big part in this triumph became the iconic paragon for all time trial and pursuit bikes of the following years. Everybody rode with bullhorn bars, low profile frames, small front wheels and disc wheels.This machine was later turned into a standard model especially for road time trials. It was then famously named the 'Va Por La Hora' after the repeated shout-out of the velodrome speaker in Mexico, which translates to 'Go for the hour!'.According to Francesco Moser, our bike here was one of his training machines. One of a set of bikes which had minimal geometrical differences to tune him into the perfect position.
It was not one of the bikes which were used for the Record attempt in Mexico, sure, but it is probably the closest you will ever get to that. And it has even been signed by Cecco!This is really an icon, a legend and an inspiration.
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