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Marcin Bialoblocki – British Record Holder: 25 Miles in 42:58!

"Sure it was an important goal but not my main one - it’s just practice for bigger things."

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It’s two years since last VeloVeritas last spoke to Polish flyer, Marcin Bialoblocki.

He was with One Pro Cycling back then and in a weekend orgy of speed had broken the British 10 mile time trial record with 16:35 on the Saturday then took the ’25’ record on the Sunday with 44:04.

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Marcin at record breaking speed – twice! Photo©Craig Zadoroznyj

Last year he went even quicker with a 43 dead but as Cycling Weekly magazine reported at the time:

“Marcin Bialoblocki has been disqualified from Sunday’s RealTeam.co.uk 25-mile time trial after setting what would have been a new competition record for the distance.

Bialoblocki clocked a provisional time of exactly 43 minutes for the 25-mile effort (giving an average speed of 35mph/56kmh), 1-04 faster than the competition record, also set by Bialoblocki, in 2016.

However the Polish rider has now been disqualified from the event after it was decided that he was riding too far out from the left of the road, close to the centre line of the A465 dual carriageway in Wales where the event was held.”

So when the big Pole lined up at the start of the fast A465 dual carriageway for the Welsh 25-Mile Championships near Rhigos, on Sunday, he was a man with a point to prove.

It took him just 42 minutes and 58 seconds, as the 34 year-old, originally from Sokolka rewrote the record book, with a winning margin of four-and-a-half minutes.

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Marcin Bialoblocki en route to his 2018 British record. Photo©GBM Photography

Marcin took time to talk about his phenomenal ride with VeloVeritas but before we hear what he had to say, let’s remind ourselves of his long and varied palmarès.

His first UK results show in 2008 with 6th in the GP of Wales; by 2009 he was winning the Girvan (R.I.P.) Easter Three Day.

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Marcin in his Node4 days. Photo©supplied

The 2010 season saw him third in the East Yorkshire Classic with a pro contract with Motorpoint coming his way for 2011 when he won the Jock Wadley Memorial Race and a stage in Ireland’s legendary RAS.

‘Node 4’ it said on the jersey for season 2012, second in the Lincoln another RAS stage the hi-lites.

It was ‘UK Youth’ for 2013 with a win in the ‘Perfs’ and the overall win in the RAS.
‘Velosure’ was the team for 2014 with third in the Lincoln and another RAS stage.

For season 2015 he joined One Pro and there was the Polish National TT Championship, the TT stage in the Tour of Poland, ninth in the Worlds TT and second in the Chrono des Herbiers   – not a bad old year.

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Marcin was with CCC last year. Photo©supplied

The following year he was second in the Polish TT champs to Tour de France stage winner, Maciej Bodnar, ninth in the European TT champs and 14th in the World TT Champs.

Last season he was with CCC Sprandi Polkowice, rode the Giro, was second to former World Road Race Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski in the Polish National TT Champs and was 12th in the European Time Trial Champs.

It’s fair to say then that he’s one of the world’s premier riders against the watch.

Marcin, an old guy like me remembers the first sub-50 minute ride, back in 1979, you’ve gone seven minutes faster – an amazing performance.

“Thank you, yes, I’m pleased with the ride.”

Did you train then taper for this particular race?

“No, not really, sure it was an important goal but not my main one, it’s just practice for bigger things.

“I’ve entered a few 25’s on fast courses and this was just one of them.”

‘Bigger things?’ The Worlds?

“Yes and the National and European Championships.

“Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) beat me in the Nationals last year but it was on a technical course which suited him more than it suited me.”