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Phil Liggett M.B.E. awarded
2015 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize for a lifetime of services to cycling.
Matt Bottrill awarded 2014 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize
The prestigious 2014 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize has been awarded to British
cyclist Matt Bottrill in recognition of his outstanding time-trial achievements
throughout the year.
Coalville-based Bottrill won the National 10, 25 and 50
Mile Championships, claimed the RTTC Circuit Championship and National Time
Trial Series, was crowned Champion of Champions and broke three competition
records over the course of the season.
“I'm blown away by being awarded this, it's a massive
honour,” said Bottrill. "It was really unexpected. A lot of people have done a
lot of good results this year."
"I'm over the moon because of what it means," Bottrill
added. "You look down the list of past winners and everyone who is anyone has
received this award: Reg Harris, Chris Boardman and, more recently Brailsford,
Cavendish and Wiggins."
The Bidlake Memorial Prize is one of the oldest awards
in British cycle sport. It was established in memory of Frederick Thomas
Bidlake, the man generally considered to be the father of time-trialling. It is
awarded to the most outstanding performance or contribution to the betterment of
cycling in all spheres.
38-year-old Bottrill, who combines top-level
time-trialling with his day job as a postman, has been a fixture of the British
scene for many years, regularly finishing on the podium in past seasons before
becoming the dominant tester in 2014.
"It's been a dream year; if I'd mapped it out, it
couldn't have gone any better," Bottrill said. "I had to train really hard for
all these races, but it's all gone so fluidly."
"I'd worked a long time for a lot of it. Winning the
National 25 was probably one of the best days of my career. It's been 18 years
in coming, it was massive to finally take that."
Bidlake Memorial Trust Chairman Andy Cook said: “Matt
epitomises the true spirit of the very particular branch of UK time trialling.
This is richly deserved for a true all rounder who displays many of the values
adopted by FT Bidlake and maintains the strong traditions of domestic
Bottrill’s award reads: “Awarded to Matthew Bottrill
who won the Men's National Championships at 10, 25 and 50 miles, the RTTC
Circuit Championship, breaking three competition records and being crowned
Champion of Champions."