Matthew Rotherham has been a Rollapaluza regular since 2008 and since then won other Rollapaluza competitions including our National Series and runner up in our Keirin 2014 Manchester. This week he was joined by his younger brother Thomas at the Olympic Velodrome where the ‘London 6 Day’ was making its long awaited return to the track racing calendar, we went to watch the pair in action and had a few words with the brothers from Bolton.
Thomas and Matt have been given the nicknames ‘Bull’ and ‘Legs’ respectively Thomas picked up his nickname for his apparent aggressive riding style and Matt for all the leg work in the gym, an aspiring Robert Forsterman.
How have you both enjoyed your London 6 Day experience?
Bull… ” Oh it’s been incredible the noise and crowd atmosphere just drives you on even when you have tired legs, I’ve only done one before in Bremen, Germany a lot different to this a shorter track and a later start, so to race on the tracks we are used to is much better and we can put a good show”
Legs… ” It’s great to be here in London I’ve done two six days before in Germany, buts it’s nice to be back on a track we know and put in some good performances and provide quality entertainment, we try and race as hard as we can but enjoy it, we hope that comes across to the audience and viewers, I’ve had a camera on my bike just a add a different view to the pictures”
What has it been like racing together this week Matt?
Legs… ” Yeah it’s been good, we train together, most of our races are together apart from the junior stuff so being invited here to race together is brilliant”
Is it your aim to beat your big brother Thomas?
Bull… ” Aim to beat him? I already beat him this week, first time in a proper race, I’m always chasing him in training and in the races, hopefully I will get past his level and start beating him someday, but for the moment I have to deal with the fact his the the faster one and keep trying to take his crown”
How about the GB team and the Olympic’s ?
Legs… ” So this is a crucial time for the British they are formulating a team, at the end of last year they felt I didn’t have the potential, but I feel I’m making steps towards hopefully being able to challenge for a place again, getting faster and stronger, faster acceleration while riding, so hopefully they will see that whether or not that’s in time for Rio who knows? I don’t know, it’s such a short time till then, but I’m looking forward to Tokyo and I will try my utmost hardest to get there”
Bull… ” I’m still young so I still have plenty of time, right now the door is wide open for me, I have one or two areas I have to improve on, I know I can do this in the next year or so, I’m not really worried about my cycling, I know I got what it takes, unfortunately at the moment British Cycling don’t see it that way, but I’m going to show them next year”