Never mind the London Marathon, Britain's wackiest cycling time trial is go!

Three... two... one... have a good ride and try not to catch your superhero cape in your chain at the Team Bottrill fancy dress TT

Team Bottrill 4.2 TT
(Image credit: Alan Kitching)

Where can you compete against Wonder Woman on a BMX, draft an Indian rickshaw, get caught by a large man wearing a pink tutu or spot the legendary Geoff Platts on a shopping bike with tri-bars?

The Team Bottrill Charity 4.2-mile TT, which takes place this Sunday October 9 on an otherwise innocuous stretch of road near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, is in its sixth year and is starting to challenge the London Marathon for costume craziness.

It is organised by Mark Bottrill, brother of multiple national champion Matt, and Coalville Wheelers, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that helped the brothers’ mother in the final stages of her battle.

“It was only meant to be for one year, “ said Mark Bottrill. “We thought we’d raise a little bit of money and give something back, but it was dead popular. It was a winter bike time trial to start off with, where people would just come on old bikes, but then people got a bit silly. So far we’ve raised over £14K and are on over £1,500 for this year's event."

Matt and Mark Bottrill will both be riding, former National 100-mile champion Charles Taylor will be pushing off and, according to Mark, “riders are coming from all over.”