Constant heavy rain, flooded roads, gale force winds, low single figure temps, exposed open Yorkshire moorland = the toughest conditions I've ever ridden in, let alone raced! I have been colder, descending the Col d'Iseran in a storm last year, but that was only half an hour of shivering hell before I reached Val d'Isere and ...more
Matt Bottrill clocked 47'28 to win the South Pennine RC 25 on Saturday, the fastest ride over that distance so far this year.
Bottrill found the windy conditions difficult on the Etwall course, but mastered them to take the win by nearly two minutes from Brett Harwood (Terry Wright Cycles).
140 riders gathered in the small village ...more
Bottrill puts the power down on the climb
Matt Bottrill won round 2 of the national time trial series, the Buxton mountain time trial, on Good Friday.
Starting and finishing in Longnor in Derbyshire, riders had to complete three laps of a very demanding and technical circuit, the hardest part being the climb from Longnor to ...more
Drag2Zero's Matt Bottrill kept his perfect season record intact with a win in the Coalville Wheelers 10 mile time trial on Saturday.
Starting near the small village of Giffydam in Leicestershire, the course took in the villages of Tonge, Breedon and Lount before the major climb of Vinegar hill, then finishing in Osgathorpe. It was a ...more
Matt Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) got his national time trial series defence off to a perfect start, winning the first round in Weston, Staffordshire.
It was a great day for riding and the weather was ideal, just a slight cold wind but the sun was out. The air pressure was high, meaning the course would be running slow.
Matt Bottrill and Dan Barnett combined for www.drag2zero.com to win the BDCA 2up 30km time trial on Saturday. Their time of 41'25 was rapid for a windy day and gave them a winning margin of over two and a half minutes.
Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous day for riding a bike, the winter chill gave way ...more
Really struggled last year to race, blog, think - do anything useful! So resolution blog wise is to be shorter and snappier and actually do them Also need to update this site in general as there are some cobwebs. I'll work on it....
Today was my first race of 2015, the Circuit of Pendle. A real ...more
Multi national Time trial champion Matthew Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) kicked off the 2015 season in fine form by winning the 20 mile Kettering Hilly.
The course covered a 20mile loop, taking in some hard, sharp climbs. On a twisting, undulating circuit with winds gusting to nearly 40mph, it was a true test for all the riders taking ...more
A race where you are required to sit on someone's wheel for 24 of 25 miles, only coming to the front for a few minutes? That's the closest I'll get to an armchair ride, so I agreed to be Mark Holton's older partner for the Jonny Helms Memorial 2up Grand Prix des Gentlemen.
It's a great ...more
It's 06:30 in morning and I'm woken by the 'clunk-clunk - clunk-clunk - clunk-clunk' of the loose man hole cover at the entrance to the staff car park as the cars of the day shift drive over it. This is closely followed by my first round of i/v antibiotics then observations and so it goes ...more