Interview with Alex Dowsett: Cycle Show 2017

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Recently we attended the NEC Cycle Show in Birmingham. After a long 10 hour journey we finally arrived with much relief. My boss had suggested it was a good idea to listen to the Q&A Alex was holding in cooperation with Canyon bikes – not realising he’d told me a day late.

I walked up to the Canyon stand with positivity and slight excitement I was going to interview him. Long story short I ended up interviewing and photographing the complete wrong Alex and utterly embarrassing myself.

But without all that, we would not have this interview so I hope you enjoy:

What was your first club? and what was this club about?

My first club was the Maldon and district cycling club, also know as the mad cc. There were some eccentric members with a good mix of racers, tourers and enthusiasts. The club centred mainly around the evening 10 mile time trial series and the Cyclo cross events in the winter. It was super friendly and especially supportive of any youngsters. I was honoured to have lifetime membership and an annual trophy in my name presented to the fastest 10mile tt from a member each year in the club 10s.

How old were you when you first started your first club?

I joined the Maldon when I was 13 and remained a member until I was 15 when I joined a junior race team.

Do you still do any club rides?

I do the club time trials all the time as they’re good training, I’ll usually attend the annual awards dinner as well which is always a laugh!

How did club riding help you become a professional cyclist?

It teaches you the etiquette and how to ride in a bunch, or more importantly how not to ride in a bunch!

Photo(s) credit: Tino Pohlmann via Canyon

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