Alex Dowsett announces new Hour Record date

Alex Dowsett's 'Perfect Hour' will take place in Manchester on the afternoon of May 2

Alex Dowsett will attempt to set a new Hour Record in Manchester on May 2 having recovered from the broken collarbone that forced him to postpone his February attempt.

The Movistar rider has also moved the location from London’s Lee Valley VeloPark to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, the same place where Chris Boardman set his UCI-approved record in 2000.

Dowsett told Cycling Weekly this weekend that the Hour was his only goal in the early season as he started his third race back from injury at Ghent-Wevelgem.

A short spell in the breakaway gave the Brit a chance to test his legs before the extreme conditions got the better of him.

“I'm thrilled to be back on track to attempt the Perfect Hour,” Dowsett said in a Movistar press release. “Breaking my collarbone whilst in such good form was a real disappointment, but I healed 100% and didn't lose much form through it all.

“Manchester will be a fantastic location and it'll be an honour for me to attempt the record on the same boards as Chris Boardman.”

Ticket details and the television schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

Alex Dowsett on the unique challenges of the Hour Record


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