ENVE Test Pilot Matt Bottrill Fastest Again
Bottrill rides to new personal best for 25miles, And Drag2zero race team smash team competition record by 3min's!
On a cold but dry Sunday morning Matthew Bottrill and the www.Drag2zero.co.uk race team, traveled to south Wales to compete in a 25mile time trial. With one intention of breaking the team 25mile team competition record, which was set by Bottrill's old team in a time of 2.27.45- (based on three riders individual times added together). And Bottrill's own personal target of breaking the individual 25mile record of 45.54 set by Dave Mccann.
With the cold air, the atmosphere around the headquaters would suggest that it was not going to be a fast day, But with Bottrill in good form and building up towards the National championships in 7 weeks time, the mood was a determind one! With Bottrill's team mates having set great times of 48.07 Mark Holton, 48.52 Derek Parkinson and Jeff Jones 49.46. The questions was could Bottrill get close to the competition record?
Leaving the start at 12am, Bottrill was on a mission and was firing on all cyclinders down the home straight aboard is Giant Trinity SL Time trail machine, equipped with his Smart Enve 8.9 SES wheels and selecting Bont Crono aero shoes( so fast the uci, banned them!) for the job in hand.
Hitting a top speed of 50mph on the outward leg and averaging 34mph to the turn, Bottrill was well on for the record, But a stiff head wind and the cold weather which meant low air pressure ment a slower return However Bottrill still stopped the clock in an amazing 46.47 for a 32.1mph average speed and the 4th fastest time EVER ridden by an individual in the United Kingdom.
With the back up from his teams mates Drag2zero also smashed the team record by over 3minutes
Asked about a great day out Bottrill replied " Well that went pretty good!! I can say my form is coming nicely, with the improvement's in equipment and my determination I think that breaking the record is very possible. But the main target and focus for the season is the National 25 ( Blue ribbon event, in British cycling). I just want to say a big thank you to all my family, team mates, sponsors and supporters that make days like this possible. A special thanks goes out to Martin Garner www.mgdecor.co.uk and Pete Lavine for making this trip possible and for driving and supporting me at the race today"
1st Matthew Bottrill 46.47 (personal best)
2nd Mark Holton 48.07 (PB)
3rd Derek Parkinson 48.52(PB)
4th Jeff Jones 49.46
Team Bottrill, Holton,Parkinson 2.23.46