I may be looking for inspiration as the first day of my ride across Wales draws near: I hope to look no further than the efforts of Alex Dowsett: he is attempting to break the world hour record at Manchester velodrome only a few days before I start (May 2nd 2015). Manchester is where Chris Boardman famously smashed the record back in the day. It is also the spiritual heart of the revolution in British cycling.
He did it! See my pages on this blog.