On Saturday afternoon www.drag2zero.com
sent two teams to the British National Team Trial Championships, Team A
consisted of Matthew Bottrill, Mark Holton and Charles McCulloch and
team B which consisted of Scott Povey, Jon Simpkins and Jeff Jones.
The teams came with one mission: to put in the fastest performances
possible. With all riders having been set up like Formula 1 race cars
from their team sponsor Simon Smart, owner of Drag2zero.com, there could be no excuses on the day!
Covering 2 laps of a nearly 18-mile circuit starting in Preston
Candover, North Hampshire, the course provided a mix of undulating
climbs, twisting lanes and a fast descent. Full concentration would be
needed to take the victory.
First to leave the starting area were Povey, Simpkins and team
captain Jones. They were chasing In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT, who
came through at the end of the first lap with the new best time of 37:02
(later equalled by High Wycombe CC), but it wasn’t quick enough and the
Drag2Zero.com team overhauled it with 36:31.
One more lap and they stopped the clock at 1:15:32 to take the lead
by 48 seconds from High Wycombe CC. Arctic SRAM RT where the next to
finish in a time of 1:15:45 – good but not quite good enough to pip
Povey, Simpkins and Jones. With two podium places now filled it was up
to the Drag2Zero A team of Bottrill, Holton and McCulloch to decide the
outcome of the silverware.
bottrill leads Charles McCulloch and Mark Holton en route to winning
the National Team Time Trial Championship in Hampshire. Photo: Eamonn
Leaving the starting area at 3:57pm, the trio were soon into their
stride and thundering down the road like lightning on their Giant bikes
and Enve wheels. On the first lap the team were on fire and riding
through the stiff westerly wind. Coming into the finish area on the
first lap, the news was good – team helper Pete Lavine gave the thumps
up and a time of one minute up to lead the race! With the team on the
rivet, all they had to do was keep upright and the keep the power going.
Putting their full knowledge of aerodynamics into play, the team
stopped the clock in 1:13:59 for victory!
Asked about the team’s performance, Matt Bottrill said: “Yes, we are
pretty pleased with today’s result. Our team sponsor Simon Smart and
Natalie Atkins have done a great job in getting the team into shape for
this event, making sure every rider had the optimal position to perform
and the clothing to match. So much help has gone into making this
possible, from our sponsors Enve, Giant, ZipVit, Smart Aero, Bont, Ultimate Ceramic Bearings and Mg Decor,
and this is a great way of saying thanks to all of them. The ride on
the road went really well, I was a little over keen at times, but
Charles played a good captain’s role and basically just told us what to
Jeff Jones was delighted with his team’s result, saying: “Although we
hadn’t ridden together before, we gelled really well on the day and all
rode to the best of our abilities. To come away with silver was really
satisfying: Arctic SRAM pushed us pretty close though!
“Jon was pretty nervous as he’d not ridden an event like this before.
But after doing a practice lap of the course we settled well and he was
strong throughout. Scott suffered more on the hills than Jon and I but
he did sterling work into the headwind section on the A30, which helped
us keep our speed along that section. I had good legs and was happy to
shoulder more of the work while making sure we kept together. It worked
out really well.”
Povey (silver) with Matt Bottrill and Mark Holton (gold) on the podium
at the National Team Time Trial Championship. Photo: Eamonn
A great result for the team and another set of national medals to add
to their growing collection. Check in next week, as the team will be
tacking the National 100 Championship with Matt Bottrill, Scott Povey
and Derek Parkinson.