ALEX SET TO TAKE ON UL­TI­MATE BIKE RECORD

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - Trevor Bax­ter

TOP cy­clist Alex Dowsett is ready to push back the bound­aries of hu­man en­durance in Manch­ester next month when at­tempt­ing to break track cy­cling’s ul­ti­mate record.

Dowsett has cho­sen the Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre at Sportc­ity for his bid to pedal fur­ther in an hour than any man on the planet.

And he hopes Manch­ester’s un­pre­dictable weather might help him beat Aus­tralian Rohan Den­nis’s mark of 52.49km es­tab­lished last Fe­bru­ary.

If suc­cess­ful on May 2, the 26-year-old Great Bri­tain in­ter­na­tional will make ‘ Knight Rider’ Sir Bradley Wig­gins’ own at­tempt in Lon­don on June 7 even tougher.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view for the M.E.N. he said: “I am un­der no il­lu­sions, it is go­ing to be the hard­est thing I have ever done.

“And be­cause it is a very clin­i­cal ef­fort and ev­ery­thing is quan­tifi­able, it will be point­less any­one say­ing good luck to me on the day.

“Pro­vid­ing I don’t pick up a cold, there is no luck in­volved.”

Dowsett is no stranger to the world renowned ‘Manch­ester medal fac­tory.’

He trained on the Velo- drome boards from the age of 15 be­fore mov­ing to Europe to con­cen­trate on his road rac­ing ca­reer.

Now a mem­ber of Spain’s elite Mo­vis­tar squad, he’s look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to his adopted home and keep- ing fin­gers crossed it rains on the day.

Dowsett, a time trial gold medal win­ner at last year’s Com­mon­wealth Games, said: “There are so many vari­ables to take into ac­count; con­trol­lable vari­ables in the venue such as tem­per­a­ture.

“But you are in the lap of the gods with un­con­trol­lable vari­ables such as air pres­sure on the day.

“If I get a thun­der­storm in the evening be­fore my at­tempt or the morn­ing that will drop the air pres­sure a treat.

“In turn, that brings re­ally fast con­di­tions.”

He was forced to aban­don an at­tempt at the Olympic Velo­drome af­ter break­ing his col­lar bone.

Tick­ets for Wig­gins’ at­tempt sold out within seven min­utes. But Dowsett is de­lighted to be us­ing the track where Chris Board­man cy­cled to glory two decades ago.

“It’s also good to ride on the same boards where Chris went for the record.”

For ticket de­tails visit www. seet­ick­ets. com/ event/alex-dowsett-uci­hour-record-per­fec­thour/ na­tional- cy­cling- cen­tre/867397

Alex Dowsett, left, chats with Team Sky’s Bradley Wig­gins on the start line be­fore Stage One of the 2014 Tour of Bri­tain

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