Procycling Hot Laps: Alex Dowsett scorches around Brands Hatch

Trek-Livestrong rider averages nearly 52km/h

Alex Dowsett (Trek-Livestrong) tuned up for next week's U23 European championships by winning the Procycling Hot Laps at BikeRadar Live.

Dowsett clocked a blistering 2'12 for the 1.2 mile (1.9km) lap of the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, an average speed of 32.2mph (51.8km/h). The time was even more impressive given the extremely windy conditions and hilly nature of the circuit.

"I took it seriously for sure," Dowsett told BikeRadar after accepting his massive trophy. "Time trialling is my thing."

Dowsett made three attempts at setting a hot lap, but said his third and likely fastest attempt was thwarted. "I went for a third lap and hit 82km/h on the descent but then punctured around the back."

Dowsett, who beat Lance Armstrong in the Tour of the Gila time trial in April, has been on the comeback trail after breaking his shoulder in the Olympia's Tour in Holland on 20 May. His next goal is the European Championships this weekend.

"I was eleventh in the time trial last year," he said. "This year there's a German and a Portuguese who beat me at the U23 world's last year, but I think I'm better than I was then."

Dowsett has been racing with the U23 Trek-Livestrong development team this year, and has loved every minute of it. "It's awesome, really good. There's fantastic team spirit. There's pressure to move up [to the Radioshack ProTour team] at the end of the year, but the team understands that we can't be going well all the time."

Dowsett wasn't actually the fastest cyclist round the track on the weekend. That honour went to Steven Slade of the British Human Powered Vehicle Club. Slade clocked an amazing 1'59 for the lap in 'Beano' his fully faired recumbent, a testament to how fast you can actually go on a two wheeled machine provided you're allowed to use any type of aerodynamic aid.

Lee Wakefield was also very brisk, clocking 2'12 in 'Beany' (very similar to Beano), while bicycle and HPV design legend Mike Burrows managed 2'30 in his own 'Ratracer Cadillac' machine.

Steve slade in 'beany': steve slade in 'beany'
Steve slade in 'beany': steve slade in 'beany'

Steve Slade in 'Beany'

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1641Alex DowsettM02:12
2642Jerone WaltersM02:18
3633Jeff JonesM02:27
4519Xavier DisleyM02:27
5517A WiseM02:32
7542Rider Number 542M02:37
8622Mark BrownM02:40
9643Robin WilmottM02:43
11521Will BamberM02:46
13625Chris HollisM02:52
14523Alistair GainM03:01
15515K HardingM03:05
16605C MasdinM03:07
17639S CodmanM03:09
18602GB EisenhauerM03:12
19514SD MinterM03:12
20640Neil PedoeM03:20
21611G C SherM03:23
22635N ReedM03:24
23551Jess WaterfallF03:29
25612P DomjanM03:37
26634P Botd-VesueM03:38
27637P JennerM03:42
28627Tim HolroydM03:46
29503Mark BeattieM03:53
30628I PerkinsM03:54
31636Von RauffmenM03:56
32504A MannM03:57
33618R HillM04:00
34509T BrownM04:06
35638Mr JennerM04:08
36522Liam RileyM04:36
37501K WiseM04:42
38527N CorderoyM05:14
39526C SimonsM06:01
Human powered vehicles
1525Steve SladeM01:59
2629Lee WakefieldM02:12
3600Mike BurrowsM02:30

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