The 2012 road cycling season might have ended, but Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins will be keeping his profile high over the winter. The 32-year-old is the subject of a forthcoming Sky TV show as well as two books that are bound to figure on many cycling fans’ Christmas wish list, and he is also teaming up with his hero Paul Weller for a Boxing Day radio show to be broadcast on BBC Radio 6.
The first of those two books, called My Time, co-written with William Fotheringham, is Wiggins’ second autobiography following 2008’s In Pursuit of Glory, published after the Beijing Olympics. The paperback edition of that book also included the 2009 Tour de France, with Wiggins confirmed this week as having finished that race in third place overall after Lance Armstrong’s disqualification.
My Time is released by Yellow Jersey Press on 8 November, although the Guardian will be publishing extracts next week and Wiggins also makes the cover of the newspaper’s magazine tomorrow, which carries an exclusive interview with the Team Sky star, and there's a brief clip of Wiggins talking about the book on his Facebook page.
The second book, 21 Days To Glory, follows Team Sky’s campaign at this year’s Tour de France and includes exclusive interviews with the team’s riders as well as featuring photography by Scott Mitchell, who spent the season embedded with the British ProTeam and previously collaborated with Wiggins on the book On Tour which followed his rather lacklustre first Tour de France as a Sky rider in 2010.
Bradley Wiggins – A Year In Yellow airs on Sky Atlantic HD on Wednesday 21 November at 10pm and is directed by John Dower, whose previous work includes Thriller in Manila. The feature-length documentary follows Wiggins throughout the year in which he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.
“It’s good that John stalking me for an entire year has paid off,” said Wiggins. “This film is a great insight into my life and my experiences training for and competing in the Tour de France and the Olympics.”
Dower added: “The first time I met Bradley he said, ‘I don’t know who me is.’ To be able to follow him over the last year, as he attempted this extraordinary double of the Tour de France Yellow Jersey and the Olympic Gold, and discover who he is was one of the highlights of my filmmaking career.”
Wiggins has also collaborated with Paul Weller of The Jam and Style Council fame to record a one-off show to be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music on Boxing Day. A video clip released by the BBC shows the pair being interviewed by the BBC’s Colin Murray who also hosts the broadcaster’s new cycling show, BeSpoke, which begins tonight on Radio 5 Live at 9pm.
After Murray floats the idea that Weller might invite Wiggins, who has a decent collection of guitars, to play along on a future B-side, the cyclist, blushing slightly, says “we’ll leave that one to the professionals – I wouldn’t expect Paul to come and ride up Alpe d’Huez with me in altitude training before the Tour next year… I’m quite happy to leave that one to the professionals.”
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.