Today is the big day! Haemophilia Hero and elite cyclist, Alex Dowsett, is attempting to make history.
If his #PerfectHour attempt is successful it will be the first time such a prestigious world record has been held by someone with a bleeding disorder.
When Alex won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games lots of families got in touch with Haemophilia Scotland to say how much it had changed how they thought about their child’s bleeding disorder. Alex’s achievements offer so much hope to families all over Scotland.
Everyone at Haemophilia Scotland is wishing Alex the best of luck. Susan and Lynn, from our Board of Trustees, have travelled to Manchester to cheer him on. If you can’t travel to Manchester then you can watch the action on British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport 2 from 12:45pm BST /1:45pm or online via the Eurosport Player.
Modern treatment for Haemophilia makes attempts like today’s possible. It is important to remember, however, that many older people with Haemophilia have serious joint damage. This causes chronic pain and seriously limits mobility for many. While many of the older guys will some of the loudest voices cheering Alex on, it is important to remember that the new treatments can’t undo historic damage.