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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  1. mark ash on February 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

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

  2. David Runneals on February 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

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

  3. djinthemixxX on February 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Record is broken by niek kimman

  4. MontanaFly &Wheel on February 27, 2021 at 10:03 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!

  5. Bernard Koekoek on February 27, 2021 at 10:05 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!

  6. Jon Mac on February 27, 2021 at 10:07 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

  7. Richard Leslie on February 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

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

  8. Grael Hudek on February 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Maniac! Love it…

  9. rmiraflor on February 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    The GCN team pursuit event in the garden velodrome is going to be spectacular.

  10. Lawrence Winter on February 27, 2021 at 10:10 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

  11. Robert Coates on February 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

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

  12. Γιάννης Σαράφης on February 27, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Ha ha, epic video!

  13. Tony Boughman on February 27, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Dude never shuts up for an hour.

  14. Steve Bowden on February 27, 2021 at 10:13 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 😁

  15. Ashrinder Singh on February 27, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    13:20 Hahaha. Instant Like. 🤣

  16. Arne on February 27, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Somebady broke the record 20.1 “tour de tietema “

  17. David Mitchell on February 27, 2021 at 10:22 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!!

  18. Chance Barber on February 27, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    BIL NIgel is great!

  19. Devendra Thakur on February 27, 2021 at 10:23 pm

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


  20. Jonathan Z on February 27, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    You have to get a video with Ashton Lambie

  21. Keith Christner on February 27, 2021 at 10:28 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!

  22. Lawrence Winter on February 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

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

  23. Shannon Ayres on February 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    You should have more Nigel in your Conor videos!

  24. Ben H. on February 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    We want more Nigel!

  25. Dieter Robbens on February 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm
  26. nivelan on February 27, 2021 at 10:33 pm

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

  27. Doug Elliott on February 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    More Nigel on GCN please

  28. RomanMesi on February 27, 2021 at 10:35 pm

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

  29. Light Science on February 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

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

  30. AC 86 on February 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Nigel is absolutely fantastic

  31. Pitt Viper on February 27, 2021 at 10:37 pm

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

  32. David Stebbings on February 27, 2021 at 10:37 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?

  33. Joe Rosser on February 27, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Sign Nigel up, what a legend

  34. Grael Hudek on February 27, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Top gear fans?

  35. TMK on February 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

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

  36. Christian Gerhardt on February 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

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

  37. woilem_ on February 27, 2021 at 10:44 pm

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

    (20.1 kilometers)

  38. David Overfield on February 27, 2021 at 10:44 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

  39. Grant Hutton on February 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

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

  40. Petinka on February 27, 2021 at 10:49 pm

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

  41. Marcus de Kock on February 27, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    6.35 no socks though, tut tut

  42. Michael J Brennan on February 27, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    We need more Nigel on GCN.

  43. Hugh Chapman on February 27, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Send this to Matt Jones lockdown garden dirt track series

  44. JanJvG on February 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

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

  45. ArthurFellig on February 27, 2021 at 10:54 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!

  46. Rob Hartsock on February 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I’m getting dizzy just watching

  47. Steve Murphy on February 27, 2021 at 10:54 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…

  48. Turtle Bob on February 27, 2021 at 10:57 pm

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

  49. Jack Squat on February 27, 2021 at 10:58 pm

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

  50. DirtSailor5 on February 27, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Need to refill them kegs and have a beer

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