Haemophiliac cyclist breaks record
Haemophiliac cyclist Alex Dowsett has smashed the world record for riding the furthest distance in 60 minutes.
The professional road racing cyclist took on the challenge as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the condition.
Dowsett has severe haemophilia, but this has not stopped him from taking part in Commonwealth, European and other major time trial competitions.
The 26-year-old from Maldon, Essex, is now the new holder of the Hour Record after a successful attempt this afternoon at the Manchester Velodrome.
He was bidding to ride the furthest distance in 60 minutes and surpass Australian Rohan Dennis' record of 52.491 kilometres. Dowsett recorded 52.937km to set a new margin by a significant distance.
His record may last little more than a month, though, with four-time Olympic champion and world time-trial champion Sir Bradley Wiggins making an attempt in London on June 7.
Dowsett raised his bike above his head in celebration. "I want to say thank you," he said on cyclingnews.com.
"I've got a lot of thank-yous to make. It's not been easy since November when we started thinking about the Hour Record."
He added: "The first 30 minutes, I'm not going to lie, were easy - easier compared to what I expected. I knew it was going to be easier early on but I wasn't expecting that. I just had to stay disciplined."
The haemophilia campaign challenges people to achieve their personal best in any sport or activity they choose.
It aims to highlight how beneficial exercise can be for those who suffer from the disorder, which means the blood does not clot properly.
Haemophilia is usually an inherited disorder, and s ufferers bruise easily and can have spontaneous internal bleeds, often in their joints and muscles. E xercise can help sufferers to develop strong bones and muscles to protect their joints.