Alex Dowsett brought the #PerfectHour project to a perfect conclusion at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester today as the Movistar Team rider smashed the existing record of Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), covering 52.937 km over the fabled hour.
After months hard training and extensive preparations, a broken collar bone and a successful recovery, many hours in the wind tunnel and on the track, lots of time and expertize spent on bike set-up and aero position, everything fell into place during the Perfect Hour in front of a noisy velodrome crowd who roared him to a new record.
We’d like to congratulate Alex on his amazing achievement. We’re extremely proud of having created the winning, watt-saving kit in collaboration with Drag2Zero for the new UCI Hour Record holder. 57 versions of the highly advanced aero suit, featuring 30 different fabrics, were produced at our state of the art facilities in Scotland and tested during more than 24 hours of wind tunnel time. Then they were tested again in the velodrome to create the fastest skinsuit possible.
Jim McFarlane, Managing Director, Endura:
Well the first thing to say is “Well done Alex!”. We’ve all been working flat out to achieve this but it took Alex’s legs to pull it off and his commitment is unquestionable, especially after the setback of his broken collarbone at the start of the year. It’s been an exhausting process but a great experience for all of us at Endura nonetheless and a force for good in dragging out the best in our product development and production teams knowing what is at stake and the huge impact that having the fastest possible suit can make.
For the general public an aero speed suit featuring some of the technologies used in Alex’s suits is available through Endura’s custom program WT Range, which also contains a variety of other pieces developed in conjunction with Movistar Team, all available for production in custom team graphics.