Alex Dowsett to give a new shot to hour record: I think I'm capable
Oct 13 2021 01:02 am CET

Alex Dowsett to give a new shot to hour record: I think I'm capable
Alex Dowsett to give a new shot to hour record: I think I'm capable
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Israel Start-Up Nation's Alex Dowsett is set to attempt once again the hour record on November 3.

The 32-year-old Briton held the Hour Record for 36 days in 2015, when he covered a distance of 52.937 kilometres. But that same year, Bradley Wiggins set a new mark at 54.526.

Dowsett was set to attempt this record on December 12, 2020, but it had to be postponed when he contracted Covid-19 the month before. The current holder of the Hour Record is Belgian rider Victor Campenaerts, who covered 55.089 kilometres on April 16, 2020 in Aguascalientes, the same place where the Briton will have his new attempt.

"When I took the record in 2015, we rode enough to break the record, but I knew I had more in the tank at the end, which was frustrating given the work put in by everyone," said Dowsett. "Last year's attempt was derailed when I contracted Covid-19, but the same reasons for wanting to do it are all still there. I want to see what I'm capable of, and it's an event I just really love and feel privileged to have the opportunity to take on again.

"In terms of difficulty, I know the bar has been set extremely high by Victor (Campenaerts). It's going to be a very big ask, but I think I'm capable. The biggest hurdle this time with it being in Mexico will be the altitude. Being at altitude, the power output required will be lower than at sea level because of the thin air, but it's not all plain sailing as the thin air also brings a tougher environment for breathing. We think in the end it should be more beneficial than detrimental to be at altitude."
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