Best of Moments: TT Legend Matt Bottrill

Soon to be racing again and  a big winner on the road but a legend in time trialling, former postman turned super coach Matt Bottrill lets us in on what his favourite moments have been in a long and successful career

Best of Moments: TT legend Matt Bottrill

A winner on the road and in Time trials, Matt has made a name for himself in races against the clock break records and winning championships

With Time Trials the first races to be held in the UK in the second half of 2020, Matt says he’s keen to race and has been training hard. “I won’t do club TT’s but when the Open events get the okay, I’ll give them a go for sure. Matt adds he may even do some national championship events, events that feature in his best of memories below:

1995: Winning my first national title as a Junior with a junior competition record

1998: Winning the Eddie Soens and Tamworth Castle 2 day (not a Premier Calendar) but everybody was riding, all the big hitters from back in the day. That result earned me selection for the World Class Performance programme. I also won the Under 23 national series that year and had a number of top placings in Premier Calendar events.

1999: Riding for the World Class performance Programme which was the first year of full funding. I did stage races like the Tour of Langkawi and many of the Under 23 World Cups. While there were no big wins that year, I had a great opportunity to help athletes like Charly Wegelius, Yanto Barker and Bradley Wiggins.

2003: Winning the crit Stage in The Girvan 3 Day and taking the jersey off Mark Cavendish. I ended up 4th overall.

2011: 3rd place in the British Time Trial championships behind Alex Dowsett and Steve Cummings

2012: Winning a National title, the men’s 100 TT championship. After so many near misses with 2nd-4th places, I was over the moon.

2013: Second place in the British Time Trial Championships behind Alex Dowsett just nipping Ben Swift by 100th of a second to take 2nd. Also winning the National 50 champs that season.

2014: The year it finally all came together and I finally won the National 10, 25, 50, Circuit championships as well as the National Circuit Series. There was also the competition records for 50 miles 1:34:43 and 25 miles 45:40. I would of done the 10 but Dowsett decided to do one! 17:40 for the Mens National 10 which is still a championship record. Also being awarded the Bidlake Trophy for my cycling achievements.

2015: Setting up my coaching business and passing my knowledge onto others.

2019: Winning the Eddie Soens at the age of 42!

Above: 2014 10 Champs

Looking back, I’ve won over 500 races and 80 National championships medals so it’s been a great career.

Thanks to Matt and we’ll no doubt catch up soon at a time trial!


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