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Peter Sagan bust auctioned for £2,500 for World Bicycle Relief

Sculpture of three-time world champion auctioned at Rouleur Classic will help charity donate 50 Buffalo Bikes to people worldwide

A bust of three-time world champion Peter Sagan has raised £2,500 for the charity World Bicycle Relief (WBR) – and with match funding, 50 bikes will be donated to people in need of them around the world as a result

The bust, made by sculptor Wilfrid Wood – who in the past worked on creating puppets for the TV series Spitting Image – was auctioned at the Rouleur Classic in London earlier this month.

Previous subjects he has tackled include the artist David Hockney, and Wimbledon and Olympic Champion Andy Murray.

The successful bidder, one ‘Moving Jim’ from London, said afterwards: “I can’t believe it. I could’ve bought a bike for that!”

WBR UK CEO Allison Dufosee had the perfect response to him.

“But you did – in fact – you’ve bought 50 bikes because of the match funding that is currently available,” she said.

She added: “We couldn’t empower the communities we work with if we didn’t have cycling enthusiasts and supporters like Jim helping us.

“We are so grateful to Jim who through his generosity has enabled us to put 50 more bikes in the field.

“Our thanks also go to Rouleur who donated the head to us after they had photographed it for the cover of the latest issue.”

Launched in 2005 by SRAM founder FK Day and documentary photographer Leah Missbach following the Boxing Day 2014 Tsunami – 24,000 bikes were donated to survivors in Sri Lanka alone in the wake of that disaster – WBR has since distributed tens of thousands of bikes to people around the globe.

You can find out more about its activities here.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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MarkiMark | 5 years ago

Why did Peter Sagan commission a bust of Eric Bristow?

burtthebike | 5 years ago

I wouldn't mind a small wager on "Moving Jim" being pseudonym for Sagan, so that he can lock the thing in a cupboard and throw away the key.

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