ALEX SET TO TAKE ON ULTIMATE BIKE RECORD
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.”
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Alex Dowsett, left, chats with Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins on the start line before Stage One of the 2014 Tour of Britain