Alex Dowsett will bid to break the hour record on Saturday May 2 and the Movistar rider has been making the final preparations ahead of his attempt in the wind tunnel.
The Essex-based rider visited the Drag2Zero facility at Mercedes AMG Petronas HQ in Brackley, Northamptonshire, on Monday (April 20) for a final wind tunnel session before the attempt.
Adjustments were made to Dowsett’s Endura skinsuit, as well as the 26-year-old’s bespoke Speedmax WHR bike and Power2Max power meter.
Tickets for Dowsett’s record attempt, which will take place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, are
still available and cost £11 for adults and £8 for children 15 and under.
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Alex Dowsett visited the Drag2Zero wind tunnel, also used by Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, on Monday (April 20) as the Movistar rider makes his final preparations ahead of his hour record attempt.
Cometh the hour
Dowsett's attempt will take place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Saturday May 2. The 26-year-old is bidding to break Rohan Dennis' record of 52.491km set at the Velodrome Suisse back in February.
The wind tunnel session gave Dowsett the chance to make final adjustments to his hour record setup, with particular focus on his bespoke Canyon Speedmax WHR bike and Endura skinsuit. Dowsett's attempt was originally scheduled for February but the Essex-based rider was forced to postpone the bid after fracturing his collarbone in training.
Built for the job
Canyon have prepared this custom Speedmax WHR bike specifically for Dowett's attempt. The frame is based on the regular Canyon Speedmax CF chassis that Dowsett uses in time trials, but has been updated with track dropouts, while all mounts and fittings for brakes and gears have been removed and filled in, and Canyon have supplied the proprietary integrated handlebar. The bike is finished with Campagnolo components. Campag have also supplied the wheels, with the bike pictured here with Ghibli discs. The record attempt will take place on a new Campagnolo wheelset, highlighted by green stickers in other photos.
Dowsett has a selection of Catlike helmets to choose from. He will now return home Essex to continue training, with a handful of velodrome sessions still scheduled in London for this week, before heading to Manchester next Monday.
Cometh the man
Dowsett has left no stone unturned in his pursuit of the hour record. Will there be a new record holder on May 2? Tickets for the attempt at still
on sale here.