Britain’s Alex Dowsett has broken the UCI Hour Record, riding 52.937km, overcoming Rohan Dennis’s mark by more 400 metres.
Having had to postpone his initial attempt back in February after breaking his collarbone, the Movistar rider moved his effort from London to Manchester.
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The National Cycling Centre’s fast track certainly paid dividends, as Dowsett completed more than 211 laps of the boards the smash the record.
Dowsett was, in fact, behind Dennis’s record schedule for the first 50 minutes of the ride, giving up nine seconds to the Australian at one stage. But Dowsett revealed after the ride that it was always the plan to be riding in deficit, allowing the Brit to keep enough in the tank for the final 10 minutes.
And while Dennis faded towards the end of his attempt earlier in the year, Dowsett continued his charge to gain over a lap on the previous record and write his name in the history books.
“I was expecting it to be horrific, but it was just terrible,” Dowsett said immediately after his ride. When asked if he wants to have another go, he said: “Maybe after June 7.”
Of course, Sir Bradley Wiggins makes his attempt in London on that day, with Dowsett’s mark of 52.937km to beat.