Alex’s cycling career began when his dad took him to watch a race when he was 13. The racing caught Alex’s interest and a week later he took part in his first 10 mile time-trial where he recorded a time of 28 minutes and 1 second.
Alex’s talent was recognised and he was accepted on to British Cycling’s Talent Team for the 2004/05 season. He progressed through the ranks of Olympic Development Programme in 2006 and onto the Olympic Academy Programme in 2007.
Alex joined Lance Armstrong’s Trek-Livestrong under-23 team for the 2010 season which saw him win the Chrono des Nations espoir category as well as clinching podium positions in the Tour of Utah and Cascade Cycling Classic.
Alex also enjoyed success representing Great Britain where he was crowned under-23 European champion in the time-trial and at the Commonwealth Games where he represented England in the same event, winning the silver medal.
Alex signed with Team Sky for the 2011 season and recorded some good results for the team including several podium finishes and the British time-trial title.
His season culminated with his first World Tour race, the Tour of Beijing, in which he took third in the opening time-trial which meant he was awarded with the young rider’s jersey for the second stage.
Alex signed for the Movistar WorldTour team in October 2012 after successfully defending the British time-trial title.
Dowsett took a third consecutive title in 2013, along with individual time-trial victory in the Giro d’Italia. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Alex won the gold medal in the Time Trial event.
On 2nd May 2015, Alex broke the prestigious hour record, setting the new world record at 52.937km at the Manchester Velodrome.
2015 also saw Dowsett reclaim his national time trial crown and take his first general classification win at Bayern Rundfahrt in Germany.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Hour Record, Manchester, 52.937km
British Cycling National Road Championships, Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire
Gold, time trial
Bayern Rundfahrt (2.HC), 1st overall
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
British Cycling National Road Championships, Monmouthshire (UK)
1st Stage 8 (ITT), Gabicce Mare to Saltara (Italy)
British Cycling National Road Championships, Glasgow (UK)
British Cycling National Road Championships, Hose, Leicestershire (UK)
British National Time-Trial Championships, Sawtry (UK)
Commonwealth Games, Delhi (India)
Under-23 European Road Championships, Ankara (Turkey)