Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has joined a growing list of riders that will take on the hour record next year.
The 26-year-old Briton will attempt to break the mark on February 27 at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, according to a Movistar press release.
“Everyone understands a world record, so I wanted my next target to be the hour record,” Dowsett said in the release. “The Hour is something I’ve always been interested in; the simplicity of it, mostly: no tactics, no hiding, just you and the bike.”
Dowsett said he was inspired to take on the challenge after traveling through Europe with the Miles for Haemophilia campaign in October, which raised awareness of the disease and showed young patients suffering from it that they can still live a healthy lifestyle.
Dowsett has haemophilia and was told as a child he could live his life in a wheelchair.
“We spend our childhoods being told what we can’t do, so I’m going for the record for anyone that gets told what they can’t do something and goes out to prove themselves otherwise,” Dowsett said. “I’m training a hell of a lot harder because of it.”
The hour record went unchallenged for a decade until Jens Voigt broke it in September by riding 51.110 kilometers. A month later, Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) eclipsed the mark with a ride of 51.852km.
Besides Dowsett, six other riders will attempt to break the record next year.
Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzué said Dowsett’s hour record attempt is “perfect and positive,” especially in light of his riding for haemophilia patients.
“Alex’s attempt reflects the globalization of cycling and the internationalization of our team,” Unzué said. “Taking the chance with a British rider, at the Olympic velodrome in London, and adding that social drive, with Alex taking such efforts to support those ones with rare diseases, himself being an ambassador of Haemophilia … I already find this attempt perfect and positive for everyone, all circumstances put together.”
Dowsett was the British national time trial champion in 2011-2013, and this year he won the Commonwealth Games time trial.