BDCA 50 mile TT and Competition record

Saturday 28th June 2014 was the BDCA 50 mile TT. Matt Bottrill (Drag 2 Zero) set a new 50 mile competition record of 1.34.43 on A50/6. Average speed of 31.67 mph (50.97 km/h)

I was third in a pb of 1.39.36 (30.1 mph). Paula Mosely was fastest lady in 1:51:47. Female comp record is Julia Saw (1.46.46)

matt-bottril-bike-2Matt Bottril’s bike with lots of aero stuff.

Matt Bottril and BTTC

After finishing 2nd in the BTTC 2013 champs behind Alex Dowsett, Bottrill never hid the fact his main goal of the season was the BTTC champs in Wales last Thursday. Despite being on tremendous form and being well prepared, Bottrill was perhaps a little disappointed to finish 6th, 4 minutes behind a flying Bradley Wiggins. (Results at Velo UK)

It’s still an excellent result – there are many good pros who would struggle to finish 4 mins behind an on form Bradley Wiggins (4 minutes behind Wiggins would have been 17th in the 2012 Olympic time trial). Also a different course may have suited Bottrill more. When I spoke to Matt he was in philosophical mood, saying he made him realise how big the gap to the top pros was. Bottril said he was going up the climb in Wales at 475 watts, when Wiggins went past like a train. God knows what watts Wiggins was doing up there. (Also nice to see Wiggins regain his descending in the wet form.)


UCI rules

Given the hilly nature of the course, I was  disappointed to be engaged up in Yorkshire for the BTTC champs. I’d much rather be racing courses like the BTTC champs than dragstrips like the A50. However, hearing about the UCI mandarins and their incomprehensible 10 cm rules – which caused a lot of problems for the amateurs, did make me feel a little better for not being there. A love these 45 page UCI clarification of their rules, which makes everything as clear as mud. They say the next BTTC champs might be in Isle of Man – do I want to travel there, only to risk the UCI declaring the bike illegal?

50 mile record well deserved


The fastest postman in Britain

The 50 mile TT record is a great achievement for Matt Bottrill. A deserved reward for a few years of great effort and dedication.

There are some great names on the role of 50 mile TT comp record holders, not least:

  • Ian Cammish (1.39.52 – 1983 before tribars),
  • Graeme Obree (1.39.01 – 1993),
  • Michael Hutchinson (1.35.27 – 2008) and many more.





A 30 mph ride for 50 miles

Last year, I did a 1.41 on this course, but that included getting lost and perhaps losing a minute going wrong way. I always wondered if I could have done a 1.39 that day. There was unfinished business.

The A50 is always fast. But, today was a particularly good day. Very light wind, though a touch on the cold side (at least for skinny hill climbers) I set off at a fast speed and steady power and once you get on the dual carriageway you start flying along. The only problem is that you seem to have to come to a stop at every roundabout and then re-accelerate.

After 10 miles you start to ‘climb’ ‘concrete mountain’. It’s called concrete mountain by testers, though the hill climbers union will say any mountain you can cycle up at 29mph, isn’t really a mountain. Perhaps, one summer I will forsake British dragstrips and go and ride proper mountains in the Pyrannees. But, not just yet.


There are long drags on the course, but it doesn’t particularly feel like you are going up hill. It’s all fast. The turn comes around 20 miles, and you go down the long drag. If anything there was a mild headwind, so not as fast as last time I rode on here, but still chance to spin away at the 56*11. At 30 miles I had 58.55 on the clock, so I knew I had a good chance of a sub 1.40. But at 30 miles, you turn off the dual carriageway for about 8 miles of single carriageway to Rocester. This road is a bit slower and has been recently chipped. There were also an extra two roundabouts before the turn. I saved my biggest effort for this leg and did over 300 watts. In the last 10 miles, I struggled to keep the same effort, with power finally starting to dip. But, there was still enough to keep average speed above 30mph and I stopped the clock in 1.39.36. A 30mph ride for 50 miles. 5 consecutive 10s of 19.54. If that sounds fast it wasn’t quite as impressive as Matt Bottrill’s course record of 1.34.43 which is 5 consecutive 18s. Adam Topham looks strong favourite for BBAR competition with another impressive ride, covering the 50 miles in 1.38.27


I’ve got a good start to my first BBAR campaign – 30 mph for a 50, 28 mph for a 100. Just a 12 hour to grind out. The BBAR is not a competition for a specialist hill climber, but it’s still fun to ride for two hours at 30mph. But, that might be it for flat dragstrips for the year – pretty soon it will be time to get hill climb bike out!




1 Matthew Bottrill 37 01:34:43
2 Adam Topham High Wycombe CC 45 01:38:27
3 Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team 37 01:39:36
4 Joel Wainman Team Swift 40 01:40:09
5 Ian Holbrook Stone Wheelers 45 01:41:32
6 Paul Gamlin Northover Vets Team 42 01:42:05
7 Steve Irwin Kingston Wheelers CC 43 01:42:35
8 John Morgan Preston Wheelers 37 01:42:57
9 Daniel Barnett 40 01:43:19
10 Mark Turnbull TORQ Performance 41 01:43:21
11 Ben McIntosh Crewe Clarion Whs 17 01:43:23
12 Richard Spink Bristol South CC 37 01:43:24
13 Ian Cox North Lancs RC 44 01:43:39
14 David Ellis Mapperley CC 47 01:44:07
15 Jon Wynn Northover VT Rudy Project 47 01:44:17
16 David Watson Coventry RC 44 01:44:24
17 Barry Charlton Swinnerton Cycles 48 01:44:28
18 Billy Oliver RST Sport/Aero-Coach 33 01:44:32
19 Neil Skellern Team Swift 50 01:45:26
20 Jason Seabridge Mercia CC 40 01:45:57
21 Joe Costello Walsalll RC 55 01:46:15
22 Michael Westwell Mapperley CC 34 01:46:19
23 Matt Stell Ribble Valley CC 36 01:46:49
24 Scott Westwood Walsall Roads Cycling Club 42 01:46:52
25 Dael Sidwell Lutterworth Cycle Centre RT 40 01:46:54
26 Duncan Mullier Harrogate Nova CC 44 01:47:22
27 Paul Edwards Walsall Roads Cycling Club 32 01:47:57
28 Paul Robinson Lyme Racing Club 50 01:48:05
29 Ian King Velo Club Long Eaton 48 01:48:45
30 Matthew Rowley Oxonian 46 01:48:46
31 Mark Sanders Mid Devon CC 55 01:48:50
32 Michael Garner Birkehead North End CC 32 01:49:03
33 Tim Davies Icknield RC 46 01:49:21
34 Michael Wills Hinckley CRC 55 01:49:23
35 Ross Barton North Notts Olympic RC 34 01:49:48
36 Will Bamber VC Norwich 29 01:50:00
37 Paul Holdsworth Hounslow & District Whs 50 01:50:22
38 Phil Brown Walsalll RC 62 01:50:37
39 Stephen Howgill Leicestershire RC 50 01:51:34
40 Simon Wix Worcester St Johns CC 51 01:51:49
41 John Dowling Hemel Hempstead CC 57 01:52:06
42 David Spencer Fibrax-Wrexham RC 41 01:52:09
43 Randle Shenton Team Swift 56 01:52:16
44 Tony May TMG Horizon Cycling Team 56 01:52:34
45 Mark Donnelly Birkenhead North End CC 38 01:52:37
46 Chris Lea Buxton CC 42 01:52:38
47 Peter Wright Rugby Racing CC 49 01:52:38
48 Andy Horner Bury Clarion 50 01:53:26
49 David Thompson Scarborough Paragon CC 46 01:53:27
50 Dave Bates South Pennine RC 66 01:53:49
51 Peter Leonard Southport CC 62 01:53:50
52 Paul Mapletoft Kiveton Park CC 50 01:53:56
53 Steven Hollwood Kiveton Park CC 52 01:53:57
54 Chris Ledger RT 52 01:54:11
55 Tom Cox Northover VT Rudy Project 59 01:54:19
56 Roy Flanagan Rossendale RC 57 01:54:29
57 Peter Lavine Coalvile Wheelers 59 01:54:39
58 Martyn Bowers Stone Wheelers CC 43 01:54:53
59 Antony Stapleton Chelmer CC 48 01:55:06
60 David Evans Worcester St. Johns CC 57 01:55:16
61 Stephen Cooke Lindsey Roads CC 51 01:56:36
62 Roger Wrenn Manchester Wheelers 70 01:56:56
63 Gerry McGarr Gloucester City CC 62 01:57:15
64 Nick Hall Bury Clarion CC 52 01:57:22
65 Neil Allonby Chronos RT 44 01:58:28
66 Stephen I’Anson Buxton CC 58 01:58:43
67 Andrew Halliday Westerley Cycling Club 42 01:59:28
68 Nick Hanson Seacroft Wheelers 48 02:00:20
69 Barrie Whittaker Lyme Racing Club 57 02:02:38




My ride


Average power – 296 watts

  • Increasing power until 40 miles.
  • Biggest power (300watts for slowest part of course 28.8mph)


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2 Responses to BDCA 50 mile TT and Competition record

  1. pj July 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    i think you’ve got to do the IOM event, there’s no two ways about it. it’s the old Mannin Veg and absolutely laden with cycling history, it’s also VERY hilly.

    Getting bike within UCI parameters isn’t that hard, you just have to shorten the extensions and watch the saddle tip. Most of it is common sense.


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