Matt Bottrill: My week in training

Combining a full-time job and the responsibilities of a young family with top-level sport isn’t impossible. Matt Bottrill is the embodiment of how far you can go with a well-thought-out event-specific training plan

Matt Bottrill

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Want to know how the best riders in the world train? For each article in this long-running MY WEEK IN TRAINING series from Cycling Weekly's print edition, we sit down with an elite rider who talks us through a recent week of training in granular detail. This time it's the turn of Matt Bottrill...

When Matt Bottrill split Giro time trial winner Alex Dowsett and Team Sky’s Ben Swift on the podium of the National Time Trial Championships last year, he earned the respect of every bike racer in the country. Bottrill works 40 hours a week as a postman, walking six miles per day, but he sees that as a positive. “It helps me keep fit,” he says. Then with a young family waiting at home, time for training is tight. Bottrill addresses that with his coach Bob Tobin (of by making sure every session counts. This is a typical Bottrill/Tobin training week for early 2014.

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