Colorado Springs will draw the attention of the cycling world this month when an Olympian takes aim at a coveted record.

Evelyn Stevens, 32, a five-time medalist in the road cycling world championships, will attempt to set the women's UCI hour record on Feb. 27 at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Memorial Park.

"While attempting to break the UCI hour record is exciting for me and my career, I'm also proud to help shine a light on women's cycling," Stevens, who competed in the 2012 London Games, said in a news release. "This will be a special day, and it's an honor to make my record attempt under the new dome at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome."

Constructed in 1983, the velodrome got a makeover last fall when a $3 million air-supported dome was installed, allowing for year-round cycling.

Stevens, a San Francisco resident, will race against the clock for one hour, pushing herself to ride as many laps as possible around the 333.3-meter banked cement track.

The record, set last month by Australian Bridie O'Donnell, measures 46.882 kilometers (29.13 miles). Former Tour de France champion and British rider Bradley Wiggins owns the top mark among men, having gone 54.526 kilometers (33.88 miles) during his one-hour attempt last June.

Eight attempts - six by men and two by women - were made on the speed record last year.

The Union Cycliste Internationale is the world governing body for cycling and oversees eight disciplines of the sport.

Fans will be able to watch Stevens' record attempt via a free livestream. Details will be posted at usacycling.org.

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