There could be an Hour Record bonanza at February’s Revolution Series round in London, as Alex Dowsett and Sarah Storey are reportedly both planning attempts at the meeting.
Dowsett has made no secret of his desire to tackle the Hour, and has been riding the Full Gas Winter League at the Lee Valley Velodrome (where the Revolution meeting will take place on February 27-28) in preparation for his attempt.
The 26-year-old’s Movistar team are reportedly paying for the Essex-born rider to privately hire the velodrome for at least 12, one-hour sessions, at a cost of around £500 a time.
Currently, IAM Cycling’s Matthias Brändle, who rode 51.852km during his attempt on October 30 in Switzerland, holds the record. If successful, Dowsett would be the first British rider to break the Hour since Chris Boardman in 2000.
Meanwhile, six-time Paralympic cycling champion Storey looks set to become the first woman to attempt to break Leontien van Moorsel’s 11-year-old benchmark of 46.065km since the UCI modified the Record’s rules.
The 37-year-old has been testing in Manchester, with her results looking favourable for setting a new benchmark.
Dowsett will seemingly try his attempt on the Friday (February 27), followed by Storey the following day.
James Pope, MD of Revolution organiser FACE, said: “We hope to make an announcement on our plans for next year’s Revolution meetings before Christmas.”