Alex Dowsett announces re-scheduled UCI Hour Record attempt

Movistar man set to tackle Hour Record in Manchester in May

Commonwealth Games time trial champion Alex Dowsett (Movistar) will attempt to break the UCI Hour Record on Saturday May 2 in Manchester, his team have confirmed.

Dowsett was forced to cancel his first planned attempt – which was set to take place in London in February – after fracturing a collarbone in a training crash in January.

Dowsett will tackle the Hour Record aboard Canyon’s specially made Speedmax WHR bike (pic: Rene Zeigler/Canyon)

The Essex man, 26, returned to racing action earlier this month and was in the day’s early breakaway at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

And Dowsett will now refocus his efforts on breaking the UCI Hour Record, currently held by Australia’s Rohan Dennis with a distance of 52.491km, with his attempt scheduled to take place at the same venue Chris Boardman set the record in 2000.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be back on track to attempt the #PerfectHour.

“Breaking my collarbone whilst in such good form was a real disappointment, but I healed 100% and didn’t lose much form through it all.

“Manchester will be a fantastic location and it’ll be an honour for me to attempt the record on the same boards as Chris Boardman.”

The attempt will take place at 1pm, with tickets to be available by the end of this week and TV broadcast details to be announced shortly.

Dowsett’s record attempt will take place on the Canyon Speedmax WHR, a bike specifically created to break the record, which also boasts a number of new parts and components.

His skinsuit, meanwhile, is being supplied by Scottish firm Endura – who sponsor the Movistar team.

Dowsett has been involved in wind tunnel testing as he looks to for the best kit and set-up to set the #PerfectHour (pic: Endura)

Developed in conjunction with Drag2Zero, the skinsuit is the product of extensive testing at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 wind tunnel.

Further details about his kit and set-up are expected to be revealed in due course.


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