£10k bikes going for a song

Fancy a bike that’s been ridden by an Olympic champion? The Wiggle-Honda Colnago C59s used this year by Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell are up for grabs on eBay.

All three bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS components and Campagnolo hyperon wheels, a spec that would nudge into five figures if you bought it new.

The finishing kit comes from Deda, with fizik saddles, Look pedals and Vittoria tubulars. Extras include chain catcher, K-Edge number holder and Tacx bottle cages.

Along with each bike there’s a Wiggle-Honda team jersey signed by all three riders.

At the moment, Trott’s bike is trailing in the bidding at just £1,650, perhaps because it’s the smallest pf the three, a size 42s. King’s bike is a 52cm frame and Rowsell’s a 54cm and both are sitting at around £2,000.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.