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by Shane Stokes
April 1, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
Having been forced to cancel his initial plan to target the world hour record on February 27 due to a collarbone fracture, Alex Dowsett has now announced a new date for the attempt.
The British rider, who is racing with the Movistar team, will attack the record in Manchester on May 2.
“I’m thrilled to be back on track to attempt the #PerfectHour,” explains Dowsett in a statement released Tuesday. “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.”
There has been a flurry of activity in relation to the world hour record after the UCI relaxed the previous constraints on the bikes which can be used.
The first to break the record in 2014 was Jens Voigt, who covered 51.115 kilometres on September 19 in Grenchen, Switzerland. Next up was the Austrian rider Matthias Brandle, who improved the mark to 51.850 kilometres on October 30 in the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle.
The mark is currently held by the Australian Rohan Dennis, who covered 52.491 kilometres on February 8. This was almost 600 metres further than Brandle’s mark.
Jack Bobridge and Thomas Dekker also attempted to break the hour record this year but were both unsuccessful, as was Gustav Larsson.
Dowsett is a past winner of a time trial stage at the Giro d’Italia and is the current Commonwealth Games champion. He, his Movistar team and partners Canyon, Endura and Power2Max have named the record attempt The #PerfectHour and have been working at it for several months.
His February 27 bid was derailed due to a crash in training which left him with that fractured collarbone
“Extensive R&D and hours of testing have gone into creating an innovative setup that will help lay down a new marker,” stated the team.
“Dowsett will ride the Speedmax WHR, a bike specifically created to break the record, as well as using a number of new parts and components developed using the very latest technology currently available.”
Tickets for the hour record attempt will be made available to the public. Details about television broadcasts will be announced soon.