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Cyclist Defies Odds, Looks to Try and Break Record

May 5, 2015; Posted by: WeBleed staff

26 year old with hemophilia, Alex Dowsett, puts his sights on breaking cycling record.

 

Here are a few quotes from an amazing article from Velo News concerning a young man who suffers from the rare blood disorder hemophilia.

Alex Dowsett – professional cyclist for the Spanish-based Movistar team – speaks on life with hemophilia.

“What we’re trying to do for both the hemophilia community and the rare disease community, and anyone who has had adversity to overcome, is be a source of motivation and inspiration…We try to show that you can’t let hemophilia dictate your life, even if it shapes your life. When I was a kid I was told I couldn’t play contact sports so I did a lot of swimming which meant that when I tried cycling, I was pretty quick straight away. Without hemophilia, I probably wouldn’t be sat here talking about the world hour record, I would be banging my head against a wall trying to make it in football or rugby…So come Saturday, whatever the result, I won’t have lost. I will hopefully have shown a generation of rare disease sufferers that they shouldn’t settle, that they should go out there and give it a go.”

Excellent story – best of luck Alex!

Photo Credit – AFP/Adrian Dennis

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