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The launch of Team Bottrill
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 8th March 2016

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Time Trial Champion launches Team Bottrill

"This has always been a dream of mine" says multiple National Champion on an emotional day

Last Friday I took a trip up to visit Giant Bikes HQ in Leicestershire to meet Matt Bottrill at the launch of Team Bottrill.

The performance aspect of the team is headed up by a small group of elite domestic time trial riders including National 100-mile champion Charles Taylor, but the team is exclusively open to all coached riders of Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching and Bob Tobin of CyclePowerMeters. The launch saw a large group of team members happily collecting their new colours.

While primarily cycling based, members include Kona qualifying triathletes and World Age-Group Champions amongst several tri/duathletes who have been developing their cycling abilities. I also spoke to former England Rugby Union international Austin Healey who was present for the launch, another sportsman who has seriously got the cycling bug under Matt's guidance.

Related Article - Interview: Matt Bottrill - Motivated to Tri

Of course, Matt himself started his new (multisport) career the following day, winning his Age-Group and finishing sixth overall at the Dambuster Duathlon.

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First group ride for Team Bottrill

Speaking at the launch, Matt said:

"I'm actually quite emotional. It has always been my dream to have my own team and to see it all come together today, I can't thank everyone enough.

"I always said that if I won the lottery, setting up my own team would be what I'd do. Alas, I didn't win the lottery... but this is just the same for me.

"I believe that everyone can improve. Not everyone can go on to become a National Champion, but everyone can progress - and this team is a platform for that. We'll put the same passion into the team and the riders as I do to my own performances.

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Matt Bottrill with his new colours - and new Giant Trinity Triathlon bike

"When I met Bob [Ed. Bob Tobin, Matt's cycling coach] and Simon [Ed. Simon Smart of Drag2Zero], that really changed my whole cycling career and having learned from that, that's the approach I put into Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching.

"I have to say a massive thanks to Pedal Cover ( and HSS Hire ( plus Giant of course, who have supported me personally so well for the past four years and hosting us here today."

Related Article - Matt Bottrill's Dambuster Duathlon

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Team Bottrill members checking out the #bikebling at Giant HQ

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