Jens Voigt has been on the professional Cycling circuit for the past twenty years, racking up over thirty championships. As the 43 year old German Cycling star for Trek Performance Racing prepared to retire, he took on the Hour Record at the Velodrome Suisse in Gretchen, Switzerland.
Using a specially designed bike, Voigt sought to break Ondrej Sosenka’s mark of 49.700 kilometeters in an hour from 2005. On the even of his cycling swan song, Voigt voiced: "I'm planning on riding 50-something kilometers.
After a grueling 60 minute ride, Voigt achieved 51.115 kilometers or 31.761 mph. To make that mark, Voigt needed experience, training, determination and enduring quite a bit of pain. This is why Voigt became renowned for the self chiding "Shut up legs!".
Voigt's drive, determination and character gives an excellent example outside of the velodrome or the peloton.