Cycling champ tours downunder

Alex DowsettAlex Dowsett, a UK cycling champion with severe haemophilia A, took time out from his busy schedule to meet with some young Australians with haemophilia and share his tips on managing haemophilia as a competition-level cyclist.

Alex, a 23-year-old from Essex, England, is in Adelaide to compete in the Tour Down Under, an international cycling race which started in Adelaide on Sunday 15 January 2012. On Friday Alex met with some young men with haemophilia, along with other representatives from the local bleeding disorders community, Haemophilia Foundation Australia and the Haemophilia Centre, and gave some fascinating insights into championship cycling with a bleeding disorder.

Alex Dowsett sharing experiencesTo an absorbed audience Alex described his diet, training regime, his equipment and how he prevents and manages bleeds during training and events. He talked about his aspirations to compete in the 2012 Olympics and how it would work if he were selected.

Alex has a keen interest in Australian wildlife – he is hoping to see a live kangaroo on his travels in Australia.

To keep up with Alex’s progress in the Tour Down Under, follow him on Twitter - http://twitter.com/alexdowsett , or check the race coverage for his team on the Team Sky race hub - http://www.teamsky.com/race-hub/0,27714,24270,00.html

Haemophilia Foundation Australia would like to extend our thanks to Alex Dowsett for making his time available to Australian community members and to Team Sky for their support.

Alex Dowsett and the Australian haemophilia group