Men’s world hour record attempt throwback

This year marks seven years since I coached Alex Dowsett to the Men’s World Hour Record. Look out for an upcoming post where I reflect upon what I have learnt as a coach since the record attempt. For now, this is what I posted on my old site at the time of the event:

‘What an amazing six days I spent in Manchester last week coaching Alex Dowsett in the build-up to the world hour record.  The Movistar team were a pleasure to work with as we carried out the final preparations and testing for Alex’s hour record attempt on Saturday 2nd May.

These last few days were extremely exciting but also very tense as we waited to see the outcome of a very carefully planned taper and conducted a number of technical tests to determine the final race set-up.

I didn’t get much of a chance to see Alex on his bike during the actual attempt as I had my head deep in a spreadsheet working out the pacing strategy and relaying messages to Alex’s friend who signalled accordingly.

I feel enormously proud of Alex for achieving his dream of breaking such a prestigious record and it has been a real privilege to work with him and such a great team of people.’

Mark Walker coached Alex Dowsett to his successful bid for the world hour record.  Here he provides advice on the pacing model devised for the race.
Mark Walker gives last minute advice to Alex Dowsett before his successful 2015 attempt on the Men’s World Hour Record.

If you would like the same expert coaching I have given countless riders to win time trials and track endurance events please drop me a line. All my coaching adopts the same successful principles and is tailored to the individual.

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