Alex Dowsett says he still hopes to attempt the Hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark on 27 February despite having surgery yesterday on his collarbone, which he broke in a training crash earlier this week.
In a video message posted to Facebook and YouTube by his Movistar team, the 26-year-old from Essex thanked fans and other well-wishers for their support, which he described as “overwhelming.”
He added that he and his team were working “as hard as we can” to keep to the original schedule.
Dowsett said: “Surgery yesterday went extremely well, I should be out of hospital today or tomorrow; haemophilia usually keeps me in a day or two longer than usual but it looks like they’ll be sending me home quite soon.
“I want to say thank you to everyone for your support. The messages I’ve had on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram have been phenomenal, it really has been overwhelming.
“We’re trying as hard as we can to make the Perfect Hour on the 27th of February still work.
“We might have to call it the Almost Perfect Hour because of this here,” he went on, indicating his collarbone.
“The team, Movistar, Canyon, Endura, Campagnolo and myself will be doing everything we can to make it still happen.
“Obviously if this doesn’t recover as well as it should then we will postpone it but it is a case of ‘never say never’,” he added.
Dowsett’s attempt on the Hour record is scheduled to take place on the evening of Friday 27 February as part of the Revolution Series, and tickets are available through its website.
Organisers FACE Partnership told road.cc: “We will still host a really good event on 27th with or without the record attempt so we are in the process of creating a second race programme in case the attempt is postponed.
“The Perfect Hour was always going to have Revolution races after the attempt featuring some of the stars from the rest of the weekend.
“Depending on what happens customers will have three options:
1. Refund of ticket (minus booking fee)
2. Transfer ticket
3. Retain the ticket and attend the event on 27th Feb."
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.