Bradley Wiggins, A Great Briton.
What can you say about Bradley Wiggins that hasn’t already been said this year already. Nothing pretty much. Wow what a legend. Just two weeks ago we were all in awe of the man for being the first British rider ever to win the Tour de France and now he has topped off his year yesterday with a storming performance on the London 2012 Olympic time trial by taking the gold. He simply blew the competition away. They weren’t even close, not even the great Fabian Cancellara or Tony Martin who are both renowned for their time trialling skills.
What I really like about him is the fact that it doesn’t change him in the slightest. Every time I see him being interviewed by anyone, he is still the same chap he was at the start of the year, but in reality he is far from the same man. He is now our figurehead of British Cycling.
I bet if you told him at the start of the year that by August he would have won The Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, Criterium de Dauphine, Tour de France and Olympic gold in the time trial he would probably tell you to stop F###ing dreaming and clear off. All the prep work he has done over the winter with the training camps etc. will have given him an indication as to what sort of form he was in, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted such a haul of results.
This is not only great for Britain in general but it raises the profile of our country as a cycling nation. He is also a brilliant role model for our future cycling champions. I wonder how many youngsters are now getting their parents to buy them road bikes instead of mountain bikes, so that they can hit the road and race with their mates arguing as they go about which one of them is going to be Bradley Wiggins, or Vincenzo Nibali or Fabian Cancellara. If I were selling new bikes I’d be stocking up on small framed reasonably priced racers.
Let’s hope that later in the year when the BBC announces its sports personality of the year it is Bradley who gets the top prize. Maybe the Queen will get in on the action by awarding him with an honour as well. There may have been an indication of her intentions earlier when she sent him a message of congratulations after he won the Tour.
This year has been the best year for British cycling that I’ve ever known, but it’s not over yet. There is plenty of action still to come with the track cycling, where our hopes are high. It would be great to see Vicky Pendleton do the business before she retires at the end of the year. There is also another Grand tour in the shape of the Vuelta a Espana later in the month, oh and of course the Tour of Britain which will be great if last year was anything to go by.
There has never been a better time for British Cycling thanks to the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Co and long may it last.