The UCI Women’s Hour Record has been conquered yet again, and this time by American Evelyn Stevens. On February 28 2015, Sarah Storey became the first woman since 2003 to set the new record. It wasn’t shortly after that when Molly Shaffer Van Houweling announced she would attempt to beat Storey’s record of 28.274 miles an hour. Shaffer Van Houweling rode a distance of 28.753 miles/hour on September 12 in Aquascalientes, Mexico, setting yet another new hour to beat, shortly followed by Bridie O’Donnell’s success at the Adelaide Super-Drome on January 22, 2016, making the new record 29.131 miles/hour. The pressure must certainly be mounting since February 27, 2016, when Evelyn Stevens conquered O’Donnell’s record with her distance of 29.813 miles/hour. With the rapid frequency of record-setting women, we wonder how long Stevens can hold the title.
Evelyn Stevens, 32, set the new record at the 7-11 Velodrome in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stevens was born in Claremont, CA, but grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. Stevens worked on Wall Street from 2005-2009, and then in July of 2009 she left her job as an investment banker to become a full-time cyclist. Since 2008, Stevens has had an impressive racing record. This year she came in first place at the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial and third overall in the Women’s Tour of New Zealand.
Check out a 2013 interview with Evelyn Stevens by CBS News