We know that a lot of cycling fans were rather taken with the one-off kit Team Sky sported during last week’s Tour of Britain, designed to raise awareness of the Sky Rainforest Rescue project, a partnership between Sky and WWF.
Now, the ProTour outfit has joined forces with the online auction site Going Going Bike to give you the chance to bid for the black-and-green jerseys – as well as Bradley Wiggins bike – and help do your bit save the Amazonian rain forest at the same time.
Bidding for Wiggo’s bike, frame size 56cm, which also comes with personalised Prologo saddle, Adidas jersey and cap and Elite Gatorade bottle, all in Rainforest Rescue green, currently stands at £5,100 – a relative snip considering that if you could buy all that lot in the shops, which you can’t, it would cost you around £14,000.
For those whose budgets are perhaps a bit more limited, you can also bid separately for a Kask helmet (current bid £125), Oakley Jawbone sunglasses (£170) and jerseys, each coming with a Team Sky cap and two water bottles, in a variety of sizes ranging from XS to 2XL, with current bids on those ranging from £140 to £225.
Team Sky stresses that this was a one-off limited edition kit produced especially for the Tour of Britain and will not be made available in the shops, so if you want to pick some up, head to the dedicated page on Going Going Bike and get bidding.
The full amount of all successful bids will go to Sky Rainforest Rescue, and further details of the initiative, which aims to help save 1 billion trees in the state of Acre, northwest Brazil, can be found here.
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.