Alex Dowsett falls short in UCI Hour Record attempt

Alex Dowsett falls short in UCI Hour Record attempt


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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

Alex Dowsett in Aquascalientes, Mexico preparing for his attempt at breaking the UCI Hour Record (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

Alex Dowsett in Aquascalientes, Mexico preparing for his attempt on the UCI Hour Record (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

Alex Dowsett in Aquascalientes, Mexico in the preparation stages of his attempt to break the UCI Hour Record (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

A gold chainring on the bike of Alex Dowsett (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

A special Simmons saddle (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

Aerocoach provided the Ascalon bars (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to try to break the UCI World Hour Record

Dimples make the Speedplay pedals more aerodynamic (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez )
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Alex Dowsett prepares to attempt to set a new UCI Hour Record at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico on November 3, 2021

Alex Dowsett’s bike is weighed before his attempt to set a new UCI Hour Record at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico on November 3, 2021 (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett before his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett getting ready for his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett shortly before his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett with his family watching on as he prepares for his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett taking one last drink before his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett before his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett ready to start his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Time for the UCI Hour Record attempt to begin (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)
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Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico

Alex Dowsett during his UCI Hour Record attempt on November 3, 2021 at the at Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico (Image credit: Jesus Gonzalez)

Alex Dowsett put in a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to break the UCI Hour Record at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico on Wednesday. The British rider, who briefly held the record for 35 days in 2015, rode 54.555km over the hour but he never threatened Victor Campenaerts’ benchmark of 55.089km with the gap between them constantly growing during the second half of Dowett’s effort.

Dowsett, who also used the attempt to raise money for charity, flew to Mexico earlier in the week to help acclimatise to the conditions, and he was confident of setting a new record in the days leading up to his ride. The 33-year-old started well and looked smooth in the opening laps but after 14km he found himself just over two seconds off record pace.



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