'I'll never forget, I was quicker than Stannard to the halfway mark' - Alex Dowsett on the ride that changed him

The newly retired time trial supremo tells James Shrubsall about the GHS Championship 2003 – the day he realised cycling was 'his sport'

Alex Dowsett
(Image credit: Andrew Sydenham)

This article is part of Cycling Weekly's new 'the ride that changed me' series. Our writers hear from a range of professional and ex-professional cyclists about that one day on the bike that changed the trajectory of their career for good.

Even for a successful WorldTour rider looking back on their life in cycling, a ride on the small stage can have the most profound effect, it turns out.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.