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Unique piece of memorabilia from the year Wiggins became first British rider to win the maillot jaune

Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome are hosting a fundraising party later this month with the evening’s fun including Rollapaluza racing and a charity auction which has as its star attraction a Tour de France road book from last year signed by Bradley Wiggins, who in July became the first British winner of the race. The party takes place in Docklands on the evening of Thursday 21 March.

Wiggins got his start in track racing at Herne Hill when he was aged just 12, starting a journey that would take him to four Olympic gold medals and the top step of the podium on the Champs-Elysées podium in the maillot jaune.

The signed road book is a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia, as Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome explain:

Courtesy of Team Sky, we will be auctioning a 2012 Tour de France road book signed by Bradley Wiggins. These are only issued to people working or racing at the Tour - you can't buy one and we are not aware of any others signed by Bradley up for auction. It is a complete guide to the race, stage by stage, with all the information you could possibly wish for; maps, guides to the run ins, elevations and profiles. It's a genuine piece of cycling history and our thanks go to Bradley for signing it for us.

This one's in pristine condition and Sir Wiggo has signed the front. All you have to do to get your hands on this piece of cycling history is come to the Friends of Herne Hill fundraising party on Thursday 21 March at The Ledger Building, 4 Hertsmere Rd, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL. Doors Open 6.30pm for Rollapalluza racing at 7.00pm.

You can find more details of the Spring Opener fundraising party here, and you can also follow Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome at @savethevelodrom on Twitter as well as via Facebook.

All money raised from the charity auction will go towards building new facilities at Herne Hill, the last surviving venue from the 1948 Olympics.

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.