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Top UK time triallist shares his tips

British time trial champion and Movistar team rider Alex Dowsett will be at Athlon Sports, Chelmsford, Essex all day Saturday August 3 for a meet and greet and signing session.

Supported by Catlike helmets, the headgear sponsor of the Movistar team, the day will include a free prize draw to win a £200 Catlike Aero WT helmet, as worn by Dowsett when he won the time trial in the Giro d’Italia.

There will also be a chance to find out about the technologies used in the 2014 version of Catlike’s top-of-the-range helmet, the Mixino.

In a question and answer session with Alex, you’ll be able to find out what makes him so fast against the clock.

The event runs from 9am to 6pm  at Athlon Sport Ltd, Unit 2, International House, Navigation Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6HX

For more information, call Athlon SPort on 01245 257305 or email info [at] athlonsport.co.uk.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.