Sir Bradley Wiggins honoured with blue plaque at his first training ground in London
Star took first pedal strokes at Paddington Recreation Ground
Westminster Council is to honour the achievements of Sir Bradley Wiggins with a blue plaque commemorating the London recreation ground where he took his first tentative pedal strokes.
It comes after his Tour of Britain win last weekend, just a few miles across the capital in Whitehall, and Paddington is a world away from Hampton Court Palace to the west, where he won his Olympic gold medal in the time trial at the London 2012 Games.
Sir Bradley’s grandmother, Maureen Cousins, will unveil the plaque today at Paddington Recreation Ground, near to Kilburn, where the Olympic and Tour de France champion grew up.
Steve Summers, the council’s cabinet member for the community, told the Evening Standard: “Sir Bradley Wiggins is a shining example of what aspiring athletes can achieve and everyone in Westminster takes great pride in seeing just how well the former St Augustine’s high school pupil from Kilburn Park has done.”
Sir Bradley went on to train in south London, at Herne Hill Velodrome and around Crystal Palace, before his early successes led to him being invited to train at Manchester Velodrome.