Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thousands Saddle Up to See Cycling World Record Attempt

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thousands Saddle Up to See Cycling World Record Attempt

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A SELL-OUT crowd of more than 4,000 are set to pack into the Velodrome as a top cyclist aims to set a new world record in Manchester today.

Alex Dowsett will attempt to become the cyclist to covered in the most distance in an hour.

Commonwealth Games champion Dowsett has already received the backing of cycling legend Chris Boardman.

And the 26-year-old says support from a noisy Mancunian crowd can help him eclipse Australian Rohan Dennis' record of 52.49km.

Dowsett, who chose the National Cycling Centre, known as the 'medal factory' for his attempt, arrived in the city earlier this week after doing most of his training on the Olympic track at Lee Valley.

He said: "I did thousands of laps at Manchester during my days in the GB Academy.

"The last couple of days I have been on the track at the Velodrome just to get re-acquainted with it. …

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