National Time Trial Series - Rounds 1 & 2
MG Décor – Team Carbon Bike Solutions riders are again targetting the National Time Trial Series. With the first round being cancelled due to bad weather, the first event was the Leicestershire RC promotion on 21st April 2013 at Willoughby on the Wolds.
Scott Walker rode well for 2nd spot in the senior event with 1.06.37 for 2 laps. Charlie Lowndes won the Junior event with 35.07 (1 lap), Laura Owen in her first event of the year was 6th in the Ladies event with 53.16, Chris Pike was 3rd , Geoff Platts 4th & Graham Green 18th in the veterans event with respective times of 33.44, 33.51& 39.34. In the verterans on target times event Geoff Platts was 2nd, Graham Green 3rd & Chris Pike 21st. The event also was ran as the Central District Time Trial Championship and here MG Décor CBS really cleaned up with: Scott Walker (Snr), Laura Owen (Lady), Charlie Lowndes(jnr), Chris Pike(40-49), Geoff Platts(50-59 & Target Time) and Graham Green(70-79) all being the Champion in their respective categories.
A fortnight later Round 3 was held in Norfolk, with all riders covering just one lap of an almost 24 mile circuit. and it was pretty much a repeat of round 2. Scott Walker was 2nd in the senior event with 51.09, Kathy Platts was 4th and Laura Owen 5th in the ladies event with respective times of 1.7.35 & 1.16.46, Charlie Lowndes won the Junior event with 54.46, Geoff Platts was 4th in the veterans event with 53.00 and was 2nd in the veterans target time event. Graham Graham Green was unwell and had to miss the opportunity of high points in the target time event.
Saturday 6th April 2013 - MG decor Team Carbon Bikes Open 10 TT - A10/17
Saturday afternoon, the cold weather gave way to warmer conditions and bright blue skys for the Mg Decor Open 10. The weather conditions were ideal for time trialing and some of the United Kingdom’s finest riders gathered in the small town of Griffydam to take part in the Mg Decor/Team carbon bikes open 10 mile time trial.
The circuit is renowned in the Leicestershire area for being the hardest and most technical circuit with rolling roads, small villages, and hard road surface. Out on the circuit, the first rider to nearly break the 22 minute barrier was Brett Harwood of Terry Wright Cycles, who is in great form this season and seems to be going from strength to strength.
Next came Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) who has a personal best time of 18.47 and he did not dissappoint and dipped under 22 minutes for a time of 21.51, to lead the way and show how hard the circuit is!
With the majority of the riders home, there was a good atmosphere building! At 2.35pm, Matt Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) took his place in the starting area with the event being sponsored by his own long time sponsor, Martin Garner of www.mgdecor.co.uk.
Photo: Jason Lavine
Bottrill came to the race on a mission to beat his own course record of 20.37. He was soon into his stride and the numbers from the power meter were looking good and using all his ability to hold his perfected position set up at the drag2zero windtunnel, Bottrill was flying!
Into the headwind sections, the Giant Trinity Sl time trial machine, along with the Enve wheels was loving the crosswind section’s on the course. With the final section climb of Diseworth hill, a shout from one of the spectators indicated, a 1.40 advantage. Stomping on the pedals pushing the 56 O-Symetric chainring, the clocked was stopped in a time of 20.11. A new course record!!
Asked about his peformance Bottrill replied “I loved every minute of that ride, days like this are really special. I train around this circuit all the time and have always dreamed of doing a 30 mph ride. I never expected the time gaps to be as large, but I’ve been working really hard and have had a lot of help from Simon Smart-smartaerotechnology.com this winter and my coach Bob Tobin cyclepowermeters.com is always looking at ways to improve me as a rider. I just want to say thanks to everybody out there today the was shouting me on, along the course,I loved every minute of it!
1 Matthew Bottrill www.drag2zero.com 00:20:11
2 Matt Sinclair Lutterworth Cycle Centre RT 00:21:51
3 Brett Harwood Terry Wright Cycles RC 00:22:05
4 James Perkins Team Zenith – www.buzzcycles.co.uk 00:22:20
5 Karl Moseley Stourbridge Velo 00:22:28
6 Shaun Eden Mapperley CC 00:22:53
7 Chris Green Matlock Cycling Club 00:23:12
8 Richard Cordin Matlock Cycling Club 00:23:17
9 Patrick Gould Matlock CC 00:23:27
10 Edward Walters Derby Mercury 00:23:29
11 Stephen Howgill Leicestershire RC 00:23:54
12 Sean Vincent Team Zenith – www.buzzcycles.co.uk 00:23:56
13 Paul Tomkins Lutterworth Cycle Centre RT 00:23:57
14 Gareth Pymm Coalville Wheelers 00:24:00
15 Peter Colledge Matlock CC 00:24:16
16 Mike Blair Matlock CC 00:24:17
17 Ashley Roue Lutterworth Cycle Centre RT 00:24:42
18 Peter Lavine Coalville Wheelers 00:24:46
19 Andy Reed Coalville Wheelers 00:24:47
20 Mathew Simons Mercia HBM CC 00:24:51
21 Dan Janes Belper BC 00:25:27
22 David Swingler Team Zenith – www.buzzcycles.co.uk 00:25:31
23 Matthew Anderson Dynamic Bicycles UK/Rapid Performance Coaching 00:25:36
24 Jeff Bowler South Pennine RC 00:26:05
25 Richard Gamble Hinckley CRC 00:26:34
26 Nigel Finch Mercia HBM CC 00:26:37
27 Russell Gent Melton Olympic CC 00:26:58
28 William Adcock Hinckley CRC 00:27:12
29 Stewart Marsh Matlock CC 00:27:33
30 Nev Bray Coalville Wheelers 00:27:39
31 Anthony Hardenberg Witham Wheelers 00:27:43
32 Brian Peto Velo Club Long Eaton 00:29:02
33 Mike Davis Beeston Road Club 00:29:12
34 Grant Warwick Welland Valley CC 00:30:10