This weekend, Wattbike ambassador Matt Bottrill won the Men’s Time Trial event at the Tour of Cambridge, read on for his full race report.
This weekend I took part in the Tour of Cambridge amateur national time trial event. This is a new event that's been added to the UK calendar, which gives all different age categories the chance to qualify for the amateur world championships in Denmark later this year.
When I first heard of this new event, I was unsure what exactly it would entail, I knew it was going to be held on closed roads with the a great atmosphere and I wanted to be part of it. The event would cover 16.4 miles of an out and back circuit, which was quite rolling and technical, the type of course you would see the professionals ride in the World Championships.
The event started at Peterborough showground and with 700 riders taking part, a proper start ramp, running race commentary and electrical result board it was a far cry from anything I’ve ever ridden in the UK. It gave every rider the chance to feel like a professional for the day.
I was the last rider to start at 6:07pm so had the advantage of knowing all the fastest times. I knew the time to beat would be Ashley Cox- CC Luton, last time we raced we drew so I knew I was going to have to pull one of my best rides out to take the win.
Already feeling quite nervous on the start line, with David Harman giving the full commentary, the rush of emotions hit me and I had goose pimples leaving the start area. With the supportive shouts of #teamBottrill I was soon hitting over 550 watts. I would love to say I was going to hold this for the whole race but it did take me a few miles to compose myself. Once in my stride, I soon took control and remembered I was racing on closed roads so took advantage of cutting all the corners.
The first 10 miles were pretty much into a block head wind so I just hit these full gas. On the return it was tail wind so I took full advantage of riding my best aero position and switched off from power. With two miles to go I knew I was in with a chance of winning and was aiming to break 34 minutes, but with the final few miles quite technical I over shot one of the corners which cost me a few seconds.
With the finish in sight I was able to punch the air knowing I'd took the win in a time of 34:11 With my family to greet me on the other side it really was a great moment and one I will treasure for the rest of my career. Once I'd had time to calm down, there was a massive ceremony for all the winners, which really was something else.
It was truly an amazing day and I'm so glad I was part of it. I now have to decide if I ride the worlds in Denmark - should I score UCI points in the BCF time trial championships against the likes of Alex Dowsett, Geraint Thomas and Steven Cummings and other pro's in the UK, then I will not be allowed to ride.
For now, my sights I firmly focussed on this race and then I can make my decision from there. But first I have the defence of my National 50 championship next weekend which I'm really looking forward to. There's a host of riders that could take the title and it’s going to be the hardest event contested in years.