Matt Bottrill, second men, British National 25-mile time trial 2011

The fastest postie in the UK talks DIY, guinea pig testing for the GB squad and missing out on track riding.

It all started when I was 12. I started racing with the Coalville Wheelers at the age of 13 and basically I've just carried on racing from there. I went to North Wirral Velo and then to the GB cycling team.

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