Matt Bottrill, 2nd, National 25-mile time trial championships 2013

Royal Mail is set to take the last of its post bikes out of service in the new year. Posties' bicycles have been gradually phased out over the last four years.

And though the demise of deliveries by bike has long been mooted, for one particular postman, the loss of his bike in the latter part of this year presents a problem that stretches beyond the delivery round.

We're talking, of course, about national 50-mile time trial champion Matt Bottrill who - despite being a plumber by trade - famously became a postie so he could get in some training as he worked.

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