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Marcin Bialoblocki – New British Record, 50 Miles in 90 Minutes!

"Sub-1:30 is possible, there are aspects I can improve; I can find a few more watts and be a little more aero..."

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Here at VeloVeritas we like to keep abreast of those competition records, down south and up here in Bonnie Scotland.

We recently brought you Kyle Gordon’s words about his splendid 1:41 Scottish 50 mile time trial record.

On the same day, a little further south, another record was being broken, the CTT British 50 mile time trial record.

How does 50 miles in 90 minutes sound?

That’s the ride big Polish ‘chronoman’ Marcin Bialoblocki (NOPINZ) produced: 1:30:31.

Marcin Bialoblocki
Marcin Bialoblocki. Photo©NOPINZ

Bialoblocki has been a round the British race scene for years but it’s only in the last few years he’s began to specialise in time trialling.

We’ve spoken to him in the past about his ‘10’ (16:35) and ‘25’ (42:58) records so figured we’d best catch up with him about his staggering 50 mile time.

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

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 An Post Ràs.

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

It was ‘UK Youth’ for 2013 with a win in the ‘Perfs’ and the overall win in the Ràs.

‘Velosure’ was the team for 2014 with third in the Lincoln and another Ràs 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.

Marcin Bialoblocki
Marcin Bialoblocki. Photo©jendrzejczyk.pl

The following year, 2016 and still with One Pro 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.

In the UK he produced a stunning 16:35 minute ride to annex the British record for a 10 mile time trial.

Last season, 2017, 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.

This season thus far he again finished second in the Polish TT Champs 17 seconds behind Tour de France 2017 final TT stage winner, Maciej Bodnar but 16 seconds ahead of former World Road Race Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski; and on the British stage produced a blistering 42:58 ride to take the British 25 mile time trial record.

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

Marcin Bialoblocki
Marcin (l) was second at the Polish TT Championships. Photo©Marcin Bialoblocki

VeloVeritas caught up with the man who’s now in possession of the British 10, 25 and 50 mile time trial records, as well as the 100 mile national time trial title.

Thank you for speaking to us, Marcin and many congratulations on your recent successes – lets’ talk about your 100 mile title first.

“I was happy to win and take the national title with my 4:17:39 [Bialoblocki won by almost six minutes, ed.] but a little disappointed to miss the national record, which is a 4:16:51 [held by Adam Duggleby, Vive le Velo 2017, ed.]

“But the course wasn’t a fast one and in the last hour I was in a lot of pain, not with my legs but with my feet and backside, I just wasn’t comfortable at all.”

50 miles in 1:30:31 – did you have a ride like that in mind when you started; you took four minutes and six seconds off the old record!

[We recently interviewed the previous record holder, Paul Hart. ed]

“I have two friends who are big into time trialling and they thought I could go sub-1:30, that was my goal and my pacing was near perfect but it wasn’t the fastest day so I was a little disappointed not to go below that mark.”

How did you judge your pace?

“On watts [his average was 387, ed.] and ‘feel’ – I’m not looking at my power meter all the time but at the start it’s good for checking you’re not going out too hard.

“But a lot of the time I’m riding instinctively.”

Marcin Bialoblocki
Marcin’s position is optimised with slightly higher ‘bars. Photo©Primera-sports.com

What about food and drink?

“I had one 600 mil. bottle and two gels.”

And still on the Pinarello Bolide?

“Yes, it’s an incredible bike, very fast.

“I was on ‘Revolver’ wheels shod with Vittoria tyres, I don’t have ceramic bearings in my hubs yet but I do run them in the bottom bracket and I’m running over-size, Ceramic Speed bearing rollers on my rear gear, all lubed with a special oil.

“I have to mention my NOPINZ skinsuit too, over 50 miles it saved me so much time with reduced drag.”

Did I see that you were wind tunnel testing?

“No, but I did do some work on my position; my saddle and tribars are little higher than they were, now.”

How much did your training vary from your usual preparation for 10 and 25 mile time trials?

“I didn’t do any specific preparation for it, my training right now is all geared towards the European Time Trial championships in Glasgow…

“The distance wasn’t going to be a problem because I do four, five, six hour rides as part of my training programme.”

And the inevitable question; can you faster?

“Yes, sub-1:30 is possible, there are aspects I can improve; I can find a few more watts and be a little more aero – and I found the turns on the course stressful, I was nervous going into them and that cost a little time.”

And will we see you go for another crack at the 100 mile record?

“For sure I’d like to try but it would have to be on a fast course and I don’t know if there are any ‘100’s’ on fast courses still to come, this year and whether I could fit it in.”

Marcin Bialoblocki
Marcin Bialoblocki. Photo©Tour Series

And we’re going to see you up in Scotland?

“Yes, for the European TT and for the British 10 mile championship at the start of September.”

I’ve asked you before – what about an hour record bid?

“It’s something I’ve thought about but it would cost a lot of money and I would need to find a sponsor.”

What’s on the Marcin ‘to do’ list, still?

“This weekend I have a time trial in Wales; but it’s not on a fast course, so no records.

“Then I have the British 25 mile championships on August 5th and the Europeans – which are a big goal – on August 8th.

“I hope to ride the Worlds too – and yes, maybe that hour record…”

If you’re like us, you’ll be looking forward to seeing the big chap in action in Glasgow in just a few weeks? See you there!

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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