Britain’s Alex Dowsett has been forced to postpone his attempt to set the International Cycling Union (UCI) Hour Record after contracting coronavirus.
Dowsett announced his attempt on November 10, with the 32-year-old seeking to set a record for the second time.
The attempt was initially scheduled to take place on December 12 at the National Cycling Centre Velodrome in Manchester.
Dowsett suffers from haemophilia A and was planning to raise money for charity.
"I am really disappointed the attempt can’t go ahead as planned but my health is first and foremost the priority," Dowsett said, following the postponement.
"I’d like to thank everyone, the event organisers, event sponsors, my team, the UCI and above all the public for their support and very much look forward to attacking the record in 2021 with the same intent.
"We’re looking to announce a 2021 date as soon as possible." Really disappointed to have to postpone the hour record attempt. Shortly after we announced the attempt I had some symptoms of Cov & a test result came back positive. My focus now is recovery, isolation & my health. Thanks to everyone for their support, we’ll be back stronger � pic.twitter.com/4MIuld25xA — Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) November 18, 2020 The record for the longest distance covered in one hour is currently held by Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts.Campenaerts set the mark of 55.089 kilometres in Mexico in April last year.The record was achieved at altitude at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes.Campenaerts effort surpassed the 54.526km covered by Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins back in […]