Bottrill is hardest of the Hard Riders

Matt Bottrill, Bike Blenheim Palace 2009, time trial

After a convincing victory in the Coalville Wheelers' 25 the previous week, Leicester rider Matt Bottrill underlined his early-season form with a convincing victory in the North Road CC Hardriders 25 in Hertfordshire on Sunday.

The I-Ride RT man clocked 59-30 to win by more than two minutes from his nearest rival. And his victory proved a popular one by many in the field, having ridden the event every year since 1997 without setting foot on the top step of the podium.

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