Jim Turner sets world cycling records for his age group

Three national cycling records were not enough for Jim Turner. The Menlo Park resident recently set two world cycling records in the 75-79 age group at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Turner's first record was set in the flying 200-meter time trail, a timed event where the cyclist gradually builds up speed over a couple of laps and the final 200 meters are electronically timed. His time was 14.100 seconds.

The second was for the 2K Individual Pursuit, a timed event to see how quickly one can ride two kilometers. Mr. Turner's time was 2 minutes and 51.420 seconds, which beat the last record of 2 minutes and 52:417 seconds set by a French cyclist in 2011.

"The rules for setting world cycling records are significantly more stringent than for setting national records," noted Mr. Turner. "A critical difference is that your head official for a world record attempt must be certified by the UCI (international governing body of cycling). It's not easy to schedule one of them."

The two-day event, called Grand Prix of Colorado Springs, was held July 11 and 12, with cyclists from 10 countries.

Tiffany Lam


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