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

Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Matt Bottrill (Drag2Zero) kicked off his 2015 season pretty much as he left off last year: with a victory and a new course record at the Kettering CC hilly 20-mile time trial in Northamptonshire on Sunday.

Current triple national champion Bottrill posted a time of 41 minutes and 52 seconds under sunny skies to create a new record for the course. Second-placed Andy Jackson (Team Swift) came in with 43-30, one minute and 38 seconds adrift of Bottrill.

Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) clocked the third fastest time of the day with 44-09. Fastest woman was Linda Hubbard (Welland Valley CC), who posted a time of 53-46.

Last year, Bottrill took his first 25-mile national championship title, a victory which he later described as the 'best of his career'. He also took the national 50-mile TT title and set a new championship record for the national 10-mile TT to take that title too.

Bottrill looks set to continue being a dominant force in domestic time trialling for the 2015 season - a fact made all the more remarkable given that Bottrill is a full-time postman and looks after his three young children when not working or training.

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Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill during the Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015
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Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill's face of concentration
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Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill took advantage of favourable conditions to post a fast time
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Matt Bottrill, Kettering CC Hilly 20, 2015

Matt Bottrill heads into the 2015 season as Britain's fastest domestic rider against the clock
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

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