Dowsett and the hour record: “I must not be ashamed”

Alex Dowsett wanted to give his version of the attempt he made last Wednesday in Aguascalientes (Mexico) to try to beat Victor Campenaerts’ hour record, although he did not succeed in the end.

In statements published in a video on his YouTube channel, Dowsett himself confessed that he did not expect to have so much pain after this challenge. “I have a lot of pain in my legs, in my adductors, in my buttocks … I never imagined that this experience of the hour record would leave me with such pain afterwards. I told Michael (Hutchinson) when I was sitting that it was like it hurt to sit and lie down and he said. ‘Oh that’s what Chris Boardman said after one of his attempts. “

Despite not achieving the main objective, Dowsett was very satisfied with the effort made and having given everything. “After having 24 hours to digest it, I think I am sure I gave everything I had and that was the most important thing. I am very happy with what I have achieved. 54,555, it’s the third-longest distance traveled in modern history in the hour record, and I think it’s not something to be ashamed of. “

Dowsett was also very satisfied that, thanks to his attempt at the hour record, his fundraising campaign to help people with hemophilia in the United Kingdom has exceeded 45,000 euros. “The response to the challenge has been overwhelming and on the donations page we have already raised 40,000 pounds (46,580 euros), which is much more than we expected and is phenomenal. The money will be shared between the organization and the sick. I know the hemophilia society will use it for sports and activity camps for young hemophiliacs and also to fund more sports and mentoring programs. “

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