'When I was going for the hour record, 100% commitment to the preparation was spending £14k on a skinsuit': Alex Dowsett's 'no stone unturned' approach

In our new weekly series, Hannah Bussey speaks to riders on the one thing that's made all the difference to their riding - and asks - could it work for you?

Alex Dowsett warming up on his bike in preparation for his hour record attempt in 2014
(Image credit: Future)

Most of us have busy lives, packing in cycling alongside work, family commitments and more - making 'quick win' performance gains extremely inviting. But, do they work?  

In this new weekly series, I'll be speaking to cyclists - from professional riders, coaches, psychologists or just well known personalities who love riding bikes - and asking them what one change they've made that's helped to make them a better bike rider.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.