Alex Dowsett wrote his name into the history books in Manchester, smashing the UCI Hour Record at the National Cycling Centre.
Dowsett obliterated Rohan Dennis’ previous mark of 52.491km,
setting a new distance of 52.937km on this bike – the Canyon Speedmax WHR.
Dowsett billed the Hour Record as the ‘purest form of time trial…man and machine against man and machine’ in the build-up to the event.
And the Essex man, 26, had Canyon, Movistar and Endura to thank for the kit in which he broke the record.
Take a closer look at his bike in the photo gallery below.
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Canyon prepared a bespoke hour record bike for Alex Dowsett, based on the existing Speedmax CF time trial frame but with a handful of tweaks to convert it from road to track use, including track dropouts, while all mounts and fittings for brakes and gears were removed and filled in to further improve aerodynamics.
Dowsett's record means he is the first Brit to hold the UCI Hour Record since Chris Boardman in 2000. The Speedmax's truncated 'Trident' tube profiles are designed to cheat the wind.
Handled to perfection
Dowsett's Speedmax L-bend extensions sat atop a modified Speedmax Flat Handlebar. With no brakes needed on a track bike, the handlebar was fitted with aero bar ends to reduce drag.
Dowsett was sat atop a Fizik Antares VS saddle. The central channel is designed to relieve pressure.
Campagnolo supplied the components and Power2max the power meter which measured Dowsett's numbers. Campagnolo developed a new track-specific Pista chainset for the Speedmax WHR. Complete with full carbon crank arms, strengthened chainrings and optimised chain line, the Italian firm say design ensures no power is lost from the rider to the track. The chainrings were available in 54T, 55T or 56T sizes to provide a range of gear sizes for the record attempt.
Wheel of fortune
Newly developed track disc wheels from Campagnolo, wrapped in Continental tubular tyres, were the hoops of choice for Dowsett. The new Campagnolo Pista wheelset’s full carbon disc construction is said to greatly reduces drag and improves stability at speed. Continental’s Tempo II tyres boast a 'BlackChili' compound for grip, low weight and reduced rolling resistance on the track.