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Matt Bottrill's Dambuster Duathlon
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 7th March 2016

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Age Group win and bike course record for Matt Bottrill at Dambuster Duathlon

Multiple National Time Trial Champion Matt Bottrill enjoys first race of 2016

Matt Bottrill is a well-known name in sporting circles. Still right at the top of his game in the world of domestic time-trialling (Matt set Competition Records for 50-miles (1:34:43) and 25 miles (45:43) in 2014), it was with great interest that we heard last year that Matt was seeking new challenges from 2016, namely within triathlon. Taking on something new, when you could readily continue and pick up 20/30 wins per season in your current sport, shows real enthusiasm.

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Having done no swimming "for years" and a running background which was primarily during his time as a postman, "so I could get my round done quicker", Matt is not arriving in 'our' world with a secret background or any expectation that it will be easy. Having spoken to him in person about it, he's just excited at trying something new to see how well he can do.

Matt's first race was on Saturday at the Dambuster Duathlon, which also hosted an ITU World's qualifier. Finishing the first run seven minutes back on the leaders, including eventual winner Daniel Jenkin (a 2:30 marathon runner, and recently 50th at the National XC Champs), once aboard his new Giant Trinity, he got into his stride and broke the bike course record, riding over three minutes and 30 seconds faster than anyone else, before dropping only two places on the final run for sixth overall.

We know that Matt will be racing the Outlaw Half, 70.3 Staffordshire, Dambuster Triathlon and The Vitruvian amongst others during 2016 and look forward to following his progress. Here is Matt's report from Saturday.

Dambuster Duathlon - Saturday 5th March 2016

Well this weekend I kicked off my multisport career with the Dambuster Duathlon. The event consisted of a 10km run-42km bike-5km bike. The run course was pretty flat but the bike course was really undulating. After the Team Bottrill launch the previous day, the adrenalin was flowing.

I had no idea what to expect in my first ever duathlon over the distance but knew I'd come well prepared, with a solid winter of training. I knew I wanted to break 40 minutes for the first run so I would need to keep to 6:30/min mile pace for the 10km. Once the run started I could soon see that the level of competition was very high. It would have been very easy to start fast and blow up at half way, but I had Gareth Pymm and Aaron Ward pacing me for the run section, so they kept the pace right. For the first run I did 39:26 for 88th place, some seven mins behind the leaders.

Matt Bottrill - Dambuster Duathlon 2016

Once on the bike I knew I would come into my own. I'd love to say I felt like I was flying, but the first six miles I just felt dead! Then, all of a sudden everything just clicked and I was soon hitting the pace of 27-30mph. I really wanted to break the bike course record and managed to do this by a big chunk with 59:52 which pushed me up to fourth overall. Then the final run came, I felt really good for the first mile and again wanted to break 20mins. I stopped the clock with 19:42 which gave me 6th overall, fastest in my age group and a nice bike course record.

It was a great way to kick of my multisport career but know I've got a long way to go to make the transition. My goal is not just to try and break bike splits but also make the transition into the sport of triathlon. I know I'm only going to get faster at running and swimming from this point and I can't wait to see what the season brings. So, bring on the next one!

Matt Bottrill - Dambuster Duathlon 2016

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