Friday, 22 May 2009

Hill climb specialist joins up

Matt Muir
Matt Muir, who I used to ride with at Lancaster CC and now lives in Edinburgh, joined up at the trial last Thursday. Matt says "I’m pretty much a cyclist born and bread. My dad is also a keen racing cyclist too and I can’t remember ever not having a bike! I’m interested in pretty much all areas of cycling, both on and off-road and have also had a few rides on the boards of Manchester velodrome. My main cycling passions are time trialling and hill climb races. I’ve been racing for about 15 years now, during which time I’ve competed at all distance of 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles with PBs of 22:52, 1:05:15, 2:20:29 and 5:07:15 respetively (I’m slightly slower than that now though) and have won the Lancaster cycling club (my club back down in England) hill climb championships 3 times. Matt Ball was a regular at LCC events when I first started racing, and it was through him that I got to know about WLC.
I currently have 6 bikes, a Prorace Viper carbon road bike, Hed V03 time trial bike, ribble alloy winter bike, Cannondale F900 MTB, Genesis Skyline fixed gear and an old GT Edge alloy road bike which I very rarely ride nowadays. Oh, I also have a unicycle but have never gotten round to learning how to ride it!
My main aim for this year is really just to get back into regular time trialling and riding because during the last 4 years while I’ve been at uni it has very much taken a back-seat."

Matt has an encyclopaedic cycling brain, winning our quiz last Winter, he takes after his dad, Bob, who was a top cyclist in the 70's. I remember riding with Matt before he was a teenager, once or twice giving him a push up the hills in Yorkshire and then accidentally pushing him off as we rode over a railway crossing, eek! Sorry Matt. The picture below is of Matt in his first bike race and his brother Gavin who sadly passed away a few year ago.
Matt & Gavin

1 comment:

grantus said...

Welcome Matt,

Don't think you've got enough bikes mate!