Matt Bottrill – my goal of winning the National 25-mile Champs

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Matt Bottrill, POWERbreathe user and time trialist, has won the National 25-mile Time Trial Championships in Cumbria! The event he’s always wanted to win.

Here’s his review of his success, in his own words…

“I’ve finally pulled it off National champ for 25 mile’s. The event I’ve always wanted to win. Thanks for all your help and support.

As I write this I still can’t stop smiling, even if I feel like I’ve been run over by a bus. The mental build up and training reaches its climax when you ride a National Championship. And the day after if it’s gone to plan I always feel wasted!!

This weekend after 18 years of trying to win the Blue Ribbon event of time trialing I finally took the top step and reached my dream of winning the Men’s National 25 mile championships. Ever since I turned senior it’s always been my number one target. It’s been a hard road getting here, but I’ve never given up hope that one day I could pull off winning. All the great legends of time trialing have won the race (Alf Engers, Eddie Atkins, John Pritchard, Chris Boardman, Graham Obree, Stuart Dangerfield, Chris Newton, Jason Macyntyre and Michael Hutchison to name but a few) and it’s great to have joined the club with some of the best time trialists that Great Britain has ever produced.

I’ve had so many top 5 places and medals I’ve lost count but to finally pull off the win is a moment in my cycling career I will never forget. It’s fair to say I could quite happily retire tomorrow, and know I’ve done everything I’ve ever set out to do in cycling. It proves that you should never quit no matter how long it takes. Always have the belief that you can reach your dreams. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment but with the right approach, dedication and backing anybody can reach their goals. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my Family, Friends, Supporters and Sponsors for all of your support on the journey…”

Now on to the race…

One hundred and twenty riders would take the start. The event was held in Cumbria on some of the most beautiful roads for racing with the scenic views.

The first rider would set off at 8am in torrential rain – the first few riders would get the worst of the conditions. The times being posted where a good indication that it was going to be a really hard day’s racing.

The final 10 rides would set off at 2-minute intervals and it was super Vet Charles McCulloch, 49:58 who’d set a standard so high that only two riders would be able to beat it.

The final few riders came, but no rider would match the time of McCulloch. It was the last two riders to start who would have the greatest battle: Matthew Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) and Matthew Bottrill ( to decide the champion. At just 6 miles it was Bottrill who took charge with a 16 seconds advantage over Clinton and who’d push hard all the way until the finish.

With a winning margin of 41 seconds over the flying Clinton, Bottrill punched the air with joy has he crossed the finish, with a new course record time 48:15 to Clintons 48:56!

Here are the Top 3 Winning Times:

  • 1st Matthew Bottrill ( 00:48:15
  • 2nd Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) 00:48:56
  • 3rd Charles McCulloch ( 00:49:58 We’d like to congratulate Matt on achieving his dream of winning the National 25-mile Championship and on setting another new course record!

Matt is already a multi-national time trial champion and team rider and he’s been using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Software to help improve his breathing strength and stamina and time trial performance.

Training the inspiratory muscles with POWERbreathe should be a part of every time trialist’s training as POWERbreathe has been shown to reduce breathing fatigue and improve cycling time trial performance by approximately 4.6% – the equivalent to slashing 3-minutes off a 40k time trial.

Read more about POWERbreathe breathing training for cyclists, or if you’re a cyclist and are already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear about how you’ve benefited from this breathing training. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and cycling training in the Blog’s Cycling category.

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