Alex Dowsett falls short in Hour Record attempt

Alex Dowsett falls short in Hour Record attempt

Alex Dowsett has fallen short in his attempt to set a new UCI Hour Record, covering 54.555 km at the Aguascalientes Bicentenary Velodrome in Mexico. Dowsett’s effort was 534 metres shorter than Victor Campenaerts’ world record of 55.089 km, set on the same velodrome in April 2019.

Riding a massive 61 x 13 gear, Dowsett was ahead of schedule for much of the opening 10 minutes but slowly started to lose time to Campenaerts from then on. At 20 minutes he was three seconds down, by halfway he was four seconds down, and by 40 minutes he was seven seconds behind Campenearts’ record pace.

Dowsett’s 54.555 km was 1.618 km further than the 52.937 km he rode in May 2015 to take the world record from Rohan Dennis. Dowsett only held that record for roughly a month before Bradley Wiggins went more than 1,500 metres further. That mark of 54.526 km stood until Campenaerts’ record ride almost four years later.

Dowsett’s effort left him just short of the British Hour Record of 54.723 km, set by Dan Bigham just over a month ago, on October 1. A day earlier Joss Lowden set the current women’s Hour Record by riding 48.405 km.

Dowsett was making his second attempt at the Hour Record partially in order to raise awareness for the Little Bleeders Foundation and the Haemophilia Society – organisations that support those with haemophilia, a condition that Dowsett himself has.

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