The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Tuesday that Briton Alex Dowsett will attempt to break the world hour record set by Victor Campenaerts on November 3 in the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Vincent Van GenechtenSource: BELGIAN
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The 33-year-old Dowsett was the world hour record holder for more than a month in 2015. On 2 May 2015, he drove 52.937 km in one hour in Manchester. However, Briton Bradley Wiggins smashed that record on June 7 of that year in London: 54,526 km. Victor Campenaerts then wrote cycling history on April 16, 2019 in the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico by setting the Wiggins world hour record with a distance of 55,089 kilometers and becoming the first rider ever to complete the magical 55 kilometers per hour.
Dowsett already wanted to launch an attack on the distance from Campenaerts in the autumn of 2020, but had to postpone his attempt after an infection with the corona virus.
“When I took the record in 2015, I knew I had even more in the tank at the end,” the Briton looks ahead. “Last year’s attempt fell through when I caught Covid-19, but the reasons for wanting to do it are still there. I want to see what I’m capable of and it’s an event that I really love. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to do it again.”
“In terms of difficulty, I know that Victor (Campenaerts) has set the bar very high,” continues Dowsett. “It will be quite a challenge, but I think I can do it. The biggest hurdle this time in Mexico will be the height. The thin air at high altitudes requires less power than at sea level, but it’s not all sweetness and sunshine, as the thin air also creates a harsher breathing environment. We think that in the end it will have more advantages than disadvantages to drive at height.”
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