MID ESSEX London Olympic cycling hopeful Alex Dowsett is in a race against time to be completely fit for a chance of selection in the British team.
Dowsett, 22, has been out of action with a broken arm but is hopeful of being given the all clear at hospital in two weeks' time when the plate he had inserted into his arm can be finally removed.
The Cock Clarks rider admits: "It's out of my hands in a way and all I can do is get back racing as quickly as possible and then hope the selectors consider what I had done before being injured."
Dowsett says he has kept himself as fit as possible during his spell away from competition including a five hour cycle workout around the Essex countryside on Saturday.
"Obviously, having the plate in my hand I have to be careful but I've managed to keep cycling and importantly keep up my fitness levels," he said.
"I think the specialist is confident that this time the plate can come out after the delay because of the infection I picked up."
Dowsett, who was yesterday out in the Essex rain giving cycling tips to disadvantaged and vulnerable youngsters at the Salvation Army's Hadleigh Training Centre, said he was confident of being back in the frame as a serious contender for the London Olympic team.
"If everything goes well with the hospital I'm aiming to be back out in competition in a six day event in Norway in mid May," he said.
"It's not a massive event but there will be some good competition and it will enable me to get back into full swing and of course a tough course."
Sky Team member Dowsett added: "Hopefully, I can then go on and build myself up and get back as I was and in contention for a place in the team.
"The injury was bad luck and these things happen in racing but you have to be patient, get over it and get back in the saddle as soon as you can, which is what I've done," he explained.
"In the end, whether I make it to the Olympic team is really out of my hands and all I can do is carry on working hard and see what happens," he said.
"If I do make the selection in the end that'll be great but if I don't then yes I will be disappointed but then I will have to look ahead to next time around."
Dowsett, one of the youngest riders in the Sky Team, also knows that competition amongst riders within his own team is also strong.
"I knew it was going to be a really tough sport when I started and all I can do is to continue to improve and do my best every time," he said.
"I really do think I can make the London Olympics because naturally it's my home country event and it would be great to be a part of it all."