We Built A Velodrome! | GCN's Garden Hour Record

It’s been some time since a GCN presenter cycled as far as they could in an hour…and broke a record. So we challenged Conor to ride as far as he possibly could in an hour, with only one condition – it had to be in his back garden. Watch to find out what happened!

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50 Comments

  1. Petinka on December 12, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    It will be a classic video! Thanks Conor, Nigel and GCN!

  2. ArthurFellig on December 12, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    This looks like the start of a great trend. Underground gravel velodrome racing! Hell yess. Think of the track bikes with dirt tires. So fun!

  3. Dieter Robbens on December 12, 2020 at 9:25 pm
  4. Ashrinder Singh on December 12, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    13:20 Hahaha. Instant Like. 🤣

  5. djinthemixxX on December 12, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Record is broken by niek kimman

  6. Ben H. on December 12, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    We want more Nigel!

  7. Keith Christner on December 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    if I didn’t know any better, i’d say nigel has experience building mountain bike berms. I was waiting for Doddy or Blake to come blasting through the first one, before they smoothed it out!

  8. JanJvG on December 12, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Check out the Dutch attempt! https://youtu.be/tRYZMduaITU

  9. Grael Hudek on December 12, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Top gear fans?

  10. Hugh Chapman on December 12, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Send this to Matt Jones lockdown garden dirt track series

  11. Jonathan Z on December 12, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    You have to get a video with Ashton Lambie

  12. Joe Rosser on December 12, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Sign Nigel up, what a legend

  13. Lawrence Winter on December 12, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Brilliant content fellas – trashy, funny and full commitment to the gag.

  14. Jack Squat on December 12, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Guess what! I got a fever! And the only prescription is more Brother-in-Law Nigel. 😆

  15. David Overfield on December 12, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Why didn’t you reach out to GMBN for help, they should know how to dig and dirt work. I would love to try that, an hour around and around, looks like a blast

  16. TMK on December 12, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    here after Bas Tietema’s and Niek Kimmans attempt to beat this record 💪🏼

  17. Christian Gerhardt on December 12, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Here after watching Tour de Tietema’s world record. You guys need to a colab.

  18. AC 86 on December 12, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Nigel is absolutely fantastic

  19. Richard Leslie on December 12, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Get Nigel hired. GCN need Nigel as a guest presenter.

  20. Devendra Thakur on December 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Hi GCN. Why don’t you make a small video on this –

    https://youtu.be/QoWb_J8m6eA

  21. Willem Dijkstra on December 12, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    A Dutch YT channel called ‘Tour de Tietema’ broke this record!

    (20.1 kilometers)

  22. Grael Hudek on December 12, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Maniac! Love it…

  23. Pitt Viper on December 12, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Great video! Nigel is a legend! Well done Conner!

  24. Light Science on December 12, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    The road cyclist equivalent of digging your own swimming pool in your parents backyard.

  25. David Mitchell on December 12, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    This was a cracking video (especially considering the filming restrictions during lockdown), and Conor has really come along since joining GCN! Also, along with a ton of other comments, Nigel is cracking as a supporting presenter!!

  26. Tony Boughman on December 12, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Dude never shuts up for an hour.

  27. David Stebbings on December 12, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Picture the Olympics… A two day event. Two person teams, lined up opposite a row of mini diggers like in the old Le Mans races, one holding a shovel, one holding a key. The gun goes, they run to get in/on the digger and set off to their own designated grassy area to build their Velodrome to the exacting Olympic standard, first laid down in the statute books by the official sanctioning body, GCN. Construction must only take place during daylight. Day two has a morning of fettling by hand only before the main event. Will anyone match the world record set during the inaugural lockdown event?

  28. Shannon Ayres on December 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    You should have more Nigel in your Conor videos!

  29. Max Carlander on December 12, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    The Garden Everest Challange.

  30. MontanaFly &Wheel on December 12, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Just said to the wife if she gets to have the vegetable garden, english garden, goat house, chicken coop, manicured lawn, dogs, cats and bunnies then I get to have a dirt velodrome. Her response "You do you babe." I love this woman!

  31. DirtSailor5 on December 12, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Need to refill them kegs and have a beer

  32. Robert Coates on December 12, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Next in Connor’s backyard, Connor and Nigel build a pump track.

  33. Turtle Bob on December 12, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Connor was trying to show us some muscle but the only thing that got bigger with all that manual labor were his veins. 😂

  34. Chance Barber on December 12, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    BIL NIgel is great!

  35. RomanMesi on December 12, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    considering the distance, I’m not sure being on drops was really necessary. Probably more power would come in more handy…

  36. Steve Bowden on December 12, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Put a smile on my face, after the world get back to normal. GCN need to send them around the world, great chemistry between the pair. Everyone needs to see Nigel in a GCN build and ride channel 😁

  37. Arne on December 12, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Somebady broke the record 20.1 “tour de tietema “

  38. Bernard Koekoek on December 12, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    So Connor spent two days to build a set of berms because he thought his pedals would hit the ground and on the third day he discovers a little thing called "freewheeling through corners". Who would’ve thought!

  39. Steve Murphy on December 12, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    I noticed in Zwift that I rode past a running track in Watopia. If Conor can build a velodrone in a paddock, is there any rumor that Zwift could build a velodrone in Watopia? If there is no rumor, how about we start one! it would be super cool…there could even be an hour record…

  40. Grant Hutton on December 12, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Nigel must be the person in the world called Nigel, who least suits the name Nigel.

  41. mark ash on December 12, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Nigel the legend. Why i love Ireland encapsulated in one man & helping ease the lockdown boredom. Good effort from the big man too!

  42. Jon Mac on December 12, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Take it further, I’d have loved this challenge as a young bike racer. It’d be great to see your local CC racing …. J

  43. Rob Hartsock on December 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I’m getting dizzy just watching

  44. Doug Elliott on December 12, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    More Nigel on GCN please

  45. David Runneals on December 12, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Tips on building one? You kinda inspired me to possibly build one in my yard

  46. nivelan on December 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Some people say GCN is cycling’s Top Gear. This week you prove it’s also cycling’s Countryfile.

  47. Lawrence Winter on December 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    for real though dude – a wheel based magnet speedo would have been much more accurate than a gps here, no? Great vid though – lock down laughs

  48. Érico Gomes on December 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Nigel’s work is sped up 🙂

  49. Γιάννης Σαράφης on December 12, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Ha ha, epic video!

  50. Marcus de Kock on December 12, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    6.35 no socks though, tut tut

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