Sir Bradley Wiggins has been honoured with a commemorative blue plaque at Paddington Recreation Ground in London, where the Tour de France and Olympic champion learned to ride a bike.
The plaque was unveiled on Monday on the wall of the park’s pavillion building. It joins a plaque dedicated to Sir Roger Bannister, who trained on the park’s running track ahead of becoming the first man to run a four-minute mile.
Wiggins’ grandmother Maureen Cousins attended the unveiling ceremony alongside Councillor Jan Prendergast, Westminster ward councillor for Maida Vale.
Prendergast said: ”It is incredible to think that the young boy who used to come down to Paddington Rec with his bicycle has become arguably the best cyclist in the world and a national treasure, taking Tour de France and Olympic glory in his stride last year.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to unveil this plaque and I’m very happy for his family too, who still live in the area and I know are very proud of what he has achieved.”
Blue plaques can be found all over the UK on buildings and locations with a direct link to a notable event or person.
Wiggins’ plaque reads: “Sir Bradley Wiggins CBE enjoyed the facilities at Paddington Recreation Ground and lived close to the site attending nearby St Augustine’s CE High School. Sir Bradley became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and is the only cyclist to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.”