Movistar pro Alex Dowsett posts time of 17 minutes and 20 seconds in ECCA 10-mile time trial on Saturday

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) set a new British 10-mile time trial competition record on Saturday at the ECCA 10 in Cambridgeshire, clocking 17 minutes and 20 seconds.

British time trial champion Dowsett averaged 34.6153mph on the E2/10 out-and-back course on the A11 south-east of Cambridge to beat Michael Hutchinson’s previous mark of 17-45 set in 2012.

Dowsett is aiming to be part of Movistar’s Tour de France squad when the Spanish-based team departs from Leeds on July 5.

  • Astral Spirit

    I’m glad that nobody has thought I was being big headed, because I didn’t mean to sound like that, I just find it hard to believe with the aero tech they use, why they can’t get the same time? is it because most pro’s don’t start so young, or don’t they really push themselves 110% because it is their lively hood & so don’t want to risk an injury that might stop them earning? I have never believed the idea of aluminium & carbon frames because common sense physics says that u need some weight, other then your own, in order to make use of the kinetic energy u are putting into the ‘flywheel’ that the back wheel is. The less weight there is to help this means the more energy u have to put into it yourself, & I proved this when I had the chance of riding a French built aluminium bike, a Concord. Over distance it sucked, literally, from me, :) I also had a mountain bike when I lived in Cambridge, working as a cycle courier, with farmer johns pumped as hard as u would racing tires because they had high pressure valves. I used to sound like an army LandRover coming down the road. It had top of the range Deore XT group set with metal half clips on the pedals & I could do the same times on this as I always did on the racing bike.

  • Astral Spirit

    the weird thing is the train timetable used to say the train took 10 mins between the two, there is one stop at Watlington between them, I was riding hard aiming for this 10 mins. As I road onto the platform the train was actually coming in, so I did it in the same time as the train, but it must have been delayed a few mins because I was using the stop watch on my digital watch & when I stopped it, it said 13.34. I rounded down because I didn’t stop it as soon as I got onto the platform, but as I stood down from the seat, straddling over the crossbar, the train just about stopped.

  • Astral Spirit

    As for the doing it now, I was 18 then, now 48 & haven’t been on a bike for 10 years, tho’ I am working on getting another bike & a set of rollers so I can sit out in the back garden & get my fitness back without needing to call someone to pick me up. I miss the whole thing about pushing thru the pain barrier, which I did often, I just pushed & pushed myself & locally I was well known for getting to places quicker than u could in a car, & overtaking tractors, slip streaming lorries to places before they were restricted to 60 mph. when I was 10 I was given a bike, a viscount, French built & it turned out to be a 1968 pro tour de france bike. The chain rings were 3 spoke, with allen bolts, & chain rings that were 53/43 with smallest on the block as a 12, which equated to 77 mph.When I slp stream lorries, I would see the occupents of cars as they over took the lorry, waving to the back letting the driver know there was a ‘nutter’ behind him, :D

  • Astral Spirit

    damn!? all the signage says 10 miles to one from the other, & distance is measured from post office to post office, I always knew it was a little bit more than 10, possibly 11 because u have to come back up thru town, uphill, before then getting onto the road to lynn, but in Kings Lynn the post office is horizontally parallel to the station, & I didn’t have to go around the one way system on a cycle. That makes that time awesome.

  • Astral Spirit

    damn!? all the signage says 10 miles to one from the other, & distance is measured from post office to post office, I always knew it was a little bit more than 10, possibly 11 because u have to come back up thru town, uphill, before then getting onto the road to lynn, but in Kings Lynn the post office is horizontally parallel to the station, & I didn’t have to go around the one way system on a cycle. That makes that time awesome. lol for the doing it now, I was 18 then, now 48 & haven’t been on a bike for 10 years, tho’ I am working on getting another bike & a set of rollers so I can sit out in the back garden & get my fitness back without needing to call someone to pick me up. I miss the whole thing about pushing thru the pain barrier, which I did often, I just pushed & pushed myself & locally I was well known for getting to places quicker than u could in a car, & overtaking tractors, slip streaming lorries to places before they were restricted to 60 mph. when I was 10 I was given a bike, a viscount, French built & it turned out to be a 1968 pro tour de france bike. The chain rings were 3 spoke, with allen bolts, & chain rings that were 53/43 with smallest on the block as a 12, which equated to 77 mph.When I slp stream lorries, I would see the occupents of cars as they over took the lorry, waving to the back letting the driver know there was a ‘nutter’ behind him, :D

  • http://tlottrike.blogspot.co.uk/ Fuzzy

    Your “normal riding pace” = 57.7mph which is going some even in a car in a built up area.

    Google Maps comes up with the shortest route between Downham Market and Kings Lynn as 13 miles.

    You missed your vocation I would say.

  • Astral Spirit

    because I didn’t do it for the guinness book of records, I was traveling from downham market station to kings lynn station as my friends were taking the train. That was my normal riding pace, which is why my usual time to London was 3h 30 mins & that’s stopping for 15 mins to buy a drink & drink it, :)

  • http://tlottrike.blogspot.co.uk/ Fuzzy

    13:30? So why aren’t you the record holder?

    Puzzled

  • Astral Spirit

    In 1984, I did my best time as 13.30 on Reynolds 531 equivalent, Shimano 105 equipped bike, wearing Levi jeans, T-shirt, puma trainers, no aero bars or aero wheels, no helmet & I have long hair I didn’t tie back then, & it was nearer 11 miles distance I did. My average for 10 was 15.50 without pushing hard, why don’t they push themselves?

  • poisonjunction

    yeah, but I bet he wasn’t on 72″ fixed ……… {:-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rupert.rivett.18 Rupert Rivett

    THAT IS AMAZING ! 30 years ago nobody would have thought this would be possible ! Well done Alex !