Banish cyclist Ole Ritter failed in his second attempt to recaption the world one-hour distance record in Mexico City on Tuesday (5 November).
CU Poster of Ritter
CU Ritter at start of attempt
GTV Pistol fired and Ritter sets out ZOOM TO Eddy Merckx's time in electronic letters
LV PAN Ritter around track
CU Stop watch
LV Ritter makes one hudredth circuit (2 shots)
SV Trainer calls to Ritter
SV Timekeeper sounds bell for last lap
GV PAN FROM Crowd TO Ritter throwing hat before crossing line
SCU Ritter talks to newsmen
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Background: Banish cyclist Ole Ritter failed in his second attempt to recaption the world one-hour distance record in Mexico City on Tuesday (5 November).
He had failed in his first attempt two days earlier.
Ritter made both attempts at the cycling track built for the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
On Tuesday the Dane was again too slow to beat the record distance of 49.431 kilometres (30 3/4 miles) set by Belgian ace Eddy Merckx two years ago.
Mexion City is used by cyclists for such attempts because the Velodroma's wooden track is one of the fastest in the world. Also the city's height -- 7350 feet (2270 metres) above sea level -- brings the advantage of a rarefied atmosphere which makes distance cycling - unlike many athletic events -- easier.
Ritter held the record for four years before his time was bettered by Merckx.