At the start of the year, Alex Dowsett expected to have the longest hour behind him by this point, but an untimely injury postponed his plans to take on the hour record.
Now, recovered from his January collarbone injury, the 26-year-old Briton is ready to make an appointment, and on Tuesday, his Movistar team announced that he’ll ride the hour at Manchester’s National Cycling Center in England on Saturday, May 2.
“I’m thrilled to be back on track to attempt the #PerfectHour,” Dowsett said in a written team press statement. “Breaking my collarbone whilst in such good form was a real disappointment, but I healed 100 percent and didn’t lose much form through it all. Manchester will be a fantastic location, and it’ll be an honor for me to attempt the record on the same boards as Chris Boardman.”
Dowsett will be up against a mark set by Rohan Dennis (BMC) at the start of February, 52.491km. Since the Australian set that world record, two other pretenders to the crown have tried and failed to break his record — Thomas Dekker and Gustav Larsson (Cult Energy Pro Cycling).