PLANS for the visit of Tour de France winner, Olympic gold medalist and current BBC Sports Personality of the Year Sir Bradley Wiggins to Guernsey next weekend will include a thrilling and inclusive programme of community cycling events that will take place in St Peter Port on Sunday 20th October.
The ‘Cycling Sunday’, includes elite cycling races, a community race, junior events and an opportunity for all Islanders to join in a ‘Guernsey Rides For Bradley’ circuit of the seafront. Sir Bradley Wiggins, who is undoubtedly Britain’s best-loved cyclist, will be on hand every step of the way to offer his encouragement and advice to cyclists of all ages.
The Culture and Leisure Department and Karl Fowler, CEO of Opus Media who is bringing Sir Bradley Wiggins to Guernsey to launch the 101 The Official Bradley Wiggins Opus book, have masterminded the morning’s events and the Guernsey Velo Club has also been closely involved in the planning of what will be a day to remember.
Culture and Leisure board member, David Inglis, Deputy Minister, Culture and Leisure Department said, “This is Guernsey’s chance to show what a great sporting island we are. We want to really show Sir Bradley and his family a wonderful warm welcome.”
Registration for the ‘Guernsey Rides for Bradley’ event opens at 8.30am and the action will start at 9.30am with Sir Bradley getting the four junior races, organised by the Guernsey Velo Club, underway. The cycling legend will be watching the action closely, offering his advice, cheering on our junior talent and congratulating the winners.
Sir Bradley Wiggins will then be the official starter of a community race, which will see ‘the great and the good’ of Guernsey racing along the seafront course to see who will be crowned the Island’s personality with the most pedal power.
A series of high-octane elite Guernsey Velo Club races will follow, providing the crowds with the excitement of watching the island’s top cyclists battle it out for the chance to be presented with a trophy by their hero.
Finally, an open cycling session dubbed ‘Guernsey Rides for Bradley’ will commence. It will be free for all to join in and anyone who can safely ride a bike is encouraged to participate. “Lady Wiggins and the couple’s two young children will be joining in the ride. We want families to bring the kids down and really support this unique event,” says David Inglis.
Sir Bradley will be on a roving microphone, cheering everyone on and giving encouragement and advice. There’ll even be a chance for some of those who participate to have their picture taken with the cycling legend.
The morning’s activity will close with a live question and answer session with Sir Bradley on the Albert Pier and prizes will be presented to race winners by the cycling hero.
Karl Fowler, CEO of Opus Media, who has been instrumental in orchestrating the visit by Sir Bradley and his family, said: “The visit of Sir Bradley Wiggins and his family to Guernsey is the culmination of over a year of hard work. After he approached us with the idea of creating an Opus to record his historic 2012 Tour de France win, we immediately thought how incredible it would be to have him visit our island. We believe we have a weekend fit for Britain’s greatest-ever cyclist planned and really invite and welcome the whole island community to be a part of it.”
Those who want to participate in the ‘Guernsey Rides For Bradley’ event and all the other races are being encouraged to raise sponsorship money. This will be donated to Sir Bradley Wiggins’ own charitable foundation and local charity Male Uprising Guernsey. Everyone who chooses to raise £10.00 or more will be entered in a prize draw to win a signed copy of the 101 Official Bradley Wiggins Opus and have their picture taken with the Olympian. In addition Sir Bradley himself will also present the person who raises the most sponsorship money with a signed Opus.
Supporters of the weekend’s events include the Longport Group, the Ana Leaf Foundation and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop.