National 10, 25 and 50-mile time trial champion Matt Bottrill has been awarded the Bidlake Prize for 2014.
The award, which has been received by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Boardman and Tom Simpson, was established in 1934 in memory of FT Bidlake. It is awarded for outstanding achievements in cycling; last year’s winner was the Isle of Man’s longstanding youth cycling volunteer Dot Tilbury.
“It’s unbelievable. To get nominated and win just caps off an amazing year, I’m over the moon about it,” Bottrill, 37, told Cycling Weekly.
Bidlake Memorial Trust Chairman Andy Cook said: “Matt epitomises the true spirit of the very particular branch of UK time trialling. This is richly deserved for a true all rounder who displays many of the values adopted by FT Bidlake and maintains the strong traditions of domestic time-trialling."
Bottrill, who rides for drag2zero.co.uk and combines training around his day job as a postman, also won the national circuit championships and set a competition record for 25 miles at the Port Talbot Wheelers event in September, clocking 45-43.
He also set a new competition record for 50 miles (1-34-43) and his 10 mile time of 17-40 was the second fastest in history behind Alex Dowsett’s 17-20 from earlier in the year.
Bottrill’s award reads: “Awarded to Matthew Bottrill who won the Men's National Championships at 10, 25 and 50 miles, the RTTC Circuit Championship, breaking three championship records and being crowned Champion of Champions."
For more from Bottrill on his remarkable year, pick up Cycling Weekly’s bumper Christmas issue, featuring the 2014 Review of the Year, Riders of the Year and much more. Out today (December 18).
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.
Sperm: the real inventors of the drafting technique?
Scientists show that sperm adopt peloton-like behavior for less resistance in adverse conditions
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published
Legend's 69-year RRA record falls as super-commuter Lee Williams sets new Pembroke-London mark
Welshman's rides to work serve him well as he takes four minutes off Ken Joy's 1953 place to place record
By James Shrubsall • Published
Ryan Perry pips Matt Bottrill to National 25-mile time trial win
Ryan Perry and Hayley Simmonds claim British 2015 National 25-mile Time Trial titles
By Nigel Wynn • Published
Matt Bottrill kicks off 2015 season with a win and course record
Matt Bottrill sets a new course record in the Kettering CC Hilly, marking his 2015 race debut with a victory
By Nigel Wynn • Published
Matt Bottrill breaks competition record for 25-mile time trial
British time trial round-up (Sept 6-7): News and result from around the UK
By Snowdon Sports • Published