A sculpture of Sir Bradley Wiggins is to be unveiled next week in Kilburn, northwest London. In 2012, Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France and followed that up with his fourth Olympic gold medal less than a fortnight later.
After winning the yellow jersey in Paris two years ago, Wiggins said “kids from Kilburn aren’t supposed to win the Tour de France,” but now there will be a permanent reminder of his achievement close to the flat in Dibdin House where he was raised by his mother, reports the Kilburn Times.
The sculpture, on Oxford Road where Wiggins attended St Augustine’s school, will be unveiled at 4.15pm on Friday 16 May at an event organised by the South Kilburn Trust.
Other activities during the event at St Augustine’s Sports Centre, London NW6 5AW which runs from 3.30pm to 6.30pm include sports taster sessions, live music, local stalls and creative workshops, and a Dr Bike stand, and food and drink will also be available.
Wiggins himself won’t be in attendance – he’ll be more than 5,000 miles away racing for Team Sky at the Amgen Tour of California, which runs from 11 to 18 May.
It may not be the only way Wiggins’ achievements are permanently remembered in the area he grew up in.
Last month, unveiling its Space for Cycling campaign ahead of the forthcoming London local elections, the London Cycling Campaign revealed that there was support in the Kilburn Ward of the London Borough of Brent to “Install protected cycle lanes in a newly created Bradley Wiggins Way.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.