British title raises Alex Dowsett London 2012 hopes

Alex Dowsett
Dowsett took sliver in last year's Commonwealth Games time trial

Alex Dowsett says a spot at London 2012 is an increasing reality after victory in the British Time Trial Championship.

The 22-year-old from Essex claimed the national title with a time of 58 minutes and 26 seconds over the 29.4-mile Cambridgeshire course on Sunday.

"I've definitely got that time trial in my sights, every day it's becoming a more realistic possibility for me," he told BBC Essex.

"It's still a long way off and I'm still taking it one step at a time."

He added: "Everything's going in the right direction. The national title came sooner than expected.

"I've been the under-23 and junior national time trial champion in the past, but to be the men's champion is something else."

The Team Sky cyclist averaged over 30mph at the weekend to beat team-mate Stephen Cummings and I-ride's Matthew Bottrill into second and third respectively.

But Dowsett is still unsure whether the performance will earn him a place at the World Championships later this month.

He is battling Bradley Wiggins and David Millar for one of two spots in Copenhagen.

"I'll hopefully find out mid-September if I'm going," he explained.

"If I go I'll be up against some very tough opposition and I think top 10 will be a good result for me.

"I don't think a medal is outside of my grasp, I'll be aiming as high as possible."