Matt Bottrill celebrated his 37th birthday in fine style on Saturday, slashing 44 seconds from the national competition record for 50 miles in the Burton and District CA event in Derbyshire on Saturday.
The drag2zero.com rider managed to average 31.6mph as he stopped the clock on 1:34:43. The time was enough to smash the record previously set by Michael Hutchinson in 2008 by an impressive 44 seconds.
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Adam Topham of High Wycombe CC took second place with a time of 1:38:27 and third was Tejvan Pettinger of Sri Chinmoy CT in 1:39:36.
Speaking after his achievement, Bottrill said: “It was a great feeling knowing you’re riding so fast and the truth was I really wanted to hurt myself, proving I’m still a great rider and that when in full flight aerodynamically, I have one of the best set ups out there. It was a great feeling and a nice way to celebrate my birthday.”
VeloRefined Aerosmiths dominated the Thanet RC 25 in Kent on Sunday with Michael Barnes winning and Andrew Meilak finishing in second place.
Barnes completed the course in 55:22 – 12 seconds quicker than his team mate. Meilak only just snatched second place with PMR@Toachim House’s Chris Fennell less than a second off his time.
Keith Murray racked up his latest victory, cruising to the fastest time at the Otley CC 50-mile time trial on the Boroughbridge to Knayton course on Sunday.
The Ferryhill Wheeler stopped the clock at 1:46:38. Tom van Rossum of Jackpot Racing was second in 1:50:52, three seconds up on the time of Richmond Tri’s Rich Hunt.
Border City Wheelers hosted a 22-mile hilly event near Penrith on Saturday and it was one of their own members, Richard Bickley who was quickest.
Bickley’s 52:57 was enough to secure top spot, ahead of John Dunlop of Loudoun RC who set a time of 53:49. Warrington RC’s Steve Daintith was third.
Hampshire RC staged a 50-mile trial near Liss and it was a3crg rider Charles Mitchell who took the win. Mitchell’s time of 1:44:15 was almost three minutes quicker than his nearest rival, Greg Parker of VC St Raphael. Parker made it round the course in 1:47:33 and seven seconds further down was Tom Glanfield of Lewes Wanderers.
Adam Gascoigne was quickest in the Lindsey CC 10 on Saturday. The Pedal Power Loughborough man completed in 20:45 to see off Cherry Valley RT’s Ian Dalton. Team Bike Box Alan’s Dan Taylor was third.
Ben Anstie of Cadence RT was two minutes ahead of his closest rival at the Chippenham and District Wheelers Open 25 event in Crudwell Bassett. His 55:15 was enough to see off Severn RC’s Matt Burden and Worcester St John’s Mark Corbett.