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Alex Dowsett Essex meet-and-greet Saturday

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]

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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