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Alex Dowsett fine-tunes Hour Record set up in wind tunnel

Three-time UK time trial champ goes for record on May 2

With just two weeks to go before he has a crack at cycling's most prestigious record, British time trial specialist Alex Dowsett has been in the wind tunnel making final tweaks to the bike and equipment he'll use to try and break Rohan Dennis' 52.491km record.

Dowsett has been using Drag2Zero's facility at the Mercedes AMG Petronas HQ in Brackley ahead of his UCI Hour Record attempt in Manchester on May 2.

Yesterday, Monday April 20, saw his last session in the wind tunnel; next Monday he'll travel to Manchester ahead of the attempt, which starts at midday the following Saturday.

Dowsett has been using the wind tunnel to tweak the skinsuit made for him by clothing sponsor Endura, as well as his Canyon bike, Power2Max power meter and Catlike helmet. He will continue to train at home in Essex, with some velodrome sessions still scheduled for him this week, before heading to Manchester next Monday.

Tickets for Dowsett's record attempt are still available. Adult tickets start at £11.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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