Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett has received an honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University to celebrate his achievements.
The Commonwealth time trial champion was given the degree at a ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral this afternoon.
He was praised for his commitment and dedication to the sport.
Alex has demonstrated the courage, commitment and personal sacrifice required to overcome challenges and succeed at the very highest level. He will be an inspirational role model for all our students - particularly for those studying Sports Science and Sports Coaching.
His list of achievement are endless.
In 2008, Alex won the under-23 British Time Trial Championship, a year later he retained his British title, and then in 2010 he won the under-23 European Time Trial Championship. I
In 2011, he won the first of a remarkable five British National Time Trial Championships – two more than Sir Bradley Wiggins.
In 2015, Alex became the World Hour Record Holder, beating the old record by almost half a kilometre.