One of Britain’s greatest Olympians, Sir Bradley Wiggins is an accomplished track and road cyclist. One of the most famous faces in the sport, he has won both Olympic and World Championship Gold in track and road cycling; the only rider to have accomplished this. He also holds the world record in team pursuit, has set an hour record of 54.526 km and was Britain’s first Tour de France winner.
Bradley Wiggins is Britain’s most successful all round cyclist; as the nation’s first ever Tour de France winner and winner of more Olympic cycling medals than any other Brit. He has won medals at five consecutive Olympics; and is the only rider to hold World and Olympic titles in road and track disciplines, as well as winning the Tour.
Bradley Wiggins Olympian
In addition to his extraordinary Tour win, during which (supported by his team mates Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome) he led for almost the entire race; Bradley has won eight Olympic medals (including five golds). He also held the prestigious ‘hour record’ the furthest distance cycled in 60 minutes; at just under 55 km and was also named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Days after succeeding in the world’s toughest cycling road race; Bradley went straight into training for the London Olympics road events. One of the stars of the Games, Bradley Wiggins officially opened London 2012 by ringing the bell at the opening ceremony. A day later he was back in the saddle, supporting his team mate Mark Cavendish in the road race.
Bradley then cruised to a win in the individual road time trial; supported by thousands of fans sporting fake sideburns in his honour. He claimed the gold and provided one of the great images of the Games. As he posed medal in hand, sat in a throne outside Hampton Court Palace.
Four years later at the Rio Games, he added to his medal collection, taking gold again; this time in the velodrome in the men’s team pursuit event. Along the way Bradley has won European and World titles on the road and track in time trials and has founded his own cycling team, WIGGINS.
Out of the saddle, Bradley Wiggins is seen as an unconventional, outspoken and down to earth sportsman. With his affection for mod style and music, listing his enthusiasms as ‘alcohol, guitars and boxing memorabilia’. Bradley has played guitar with Paul Weller, owns a collection of classic scooters and collaborated with Fred Perry on a range of clothes. He has also published four books and guest edited Radio 4’s Today programme.
Bradley Wiggins Guest Speaker
Bradley Wiggins has won over cycling enthusiasts and lay people alike; with his sporting behaviour, openness and determination; and is now preparing himself for another Olympic challenge, this time on water. As a guest speaker he considers the lessons from his extraordinary career, and looks at what it took to consistently win for over 20 years. Touching on how he learned and adapted, became a leader, dealt with set backs and cope when things didn’t go to plan.
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