Dowsett smashes Hour Record

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Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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Briton Alex Dowsett is the new holder of the Hour Record after a successful attempt at the Manchester Velodrome.

The 26-year-old from Maldon, Essex was bidding to ride the furthest distance in 60 minutes and surpass Australian Rohan Dennis’ record of 52.491 kilometres.

Dowsett recorded 52.937km to set a new margin by a significant distance.

His record may last little more than a month, though, with four-time Olympic champion and world time-trial champion Sir Bradley Wiggins making an attempt in London on June 7.

Dowsett is the latest rider to succeed since cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, revised the regulations governing the Hour Record.

Movistar rider Dowsett had to abandon his initial attempt scheduled for late February after fracturing his collarbone in training.

Dowsett, who has haemophilia and rode the Hour to raise awareness of the disease, raised his bike above his head in celebration.

“I want to say thank you,” he said on cyclingnews.com.

“I’ve got a lot of thank-yous to make. It’s not been easy since November when we started thinking about the Hour Record.

“I thought when the UCI changed the rules that I’d have a punt at that… suddenly I realised what I’d let myself in for.

“I just want to say thank you to the whole crowd because the last five minutes it was all you guys.

“The first 30 minutes, I’m not going to lie, were easy – easier compared to what I expected.

“I knew it was going to be easier early on but I wasn’t expecting that. I just had to stay disciplined.”

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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