‘Cycling Sunday’ with Sir Bradley Wiggins in St Peter Port, Guernsey

October 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

‘Cycling Sunday’ events took over the St Peter Port, Guernsey waterfront on the morning of 20 October 2013.

Sir Bradley Wiggins2012 Tour de France winner, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and 2013 Tour of Britain winner, was in Town to start a number of cycling races along the waterfront.

Sir Bradley Wiggins surrounded by fans at Cycling Sunday on the St Peter Port waterfront in Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sir Bradley Wiggins surrounded by fans at Cycling Sunday on the St Peter Port waterfront in Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The sun shone at first but rain laden dark grey clouds came from the south and dampened the bicycling events but not the spirit of the occasion.

Everyone was keen to see Sir Bradley Wiggins who although mobbed and surrounded by fans was gracious to pose for pictures and autograph t-shirts and pieces of paper.

Sir Bradley Wiggins who visited Guernsey with his wife, Catherine, and their two children, said he would return to the island because it very much appealed to him.

David Harry, Treasurer of the Guernsey Bicycle Group, indicates the starting line for the next bicycle race (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

David Harry, Treasurer of the Guernsey Bicycle Group, invites cyclists to form the starting line for the next bicycle race (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The cycling races began by the Victoria Pier and went along the St Peter Port waterfront between the Prince Albert statue roundabout and the Weighbridge roundabout.

Sir Bradley Wiggins (in brown anorak) greets his fans on Cycling Sunday in St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sir Bradley Wiggins (in brown anorak) greets his fans on Cycling Sunday in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Between races Sir Bradley used The Boathouse restaurant and occasionally the commentators’ box as a refuge from the period of heavy rain and the adoring fans.

Cyclists line-up for Sir Bradley Wiggins to start the race (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Guernsey’s elite cyclists line-up for Sir Bradley Wiggins to start their race (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sir Bradley was amiable and approachable, which was very much appreciated by all the cyclists and fans who took photos and sought autographs.

The gentleman from Opus checks his images while a sea of elite cyclists line-up for the start of the race (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The gentleman from Opus checks his images while a sea of elite cyclists line-up for the start of the race (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sir Bradley was invited to Guernsey by Opus Media to launch the 101 The Official Bradley Wiggins Opus.

Sir Bradley Wiggins uses the Guernsey flag to start the race (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sir Bradley Wiggins uses the Guernsey flag to start the race (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The publishing company along with the States of Guernsey Culture and Leisure Department masterminded the morning’s events.

And the cyclists are off (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

And the cyclists are off (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Velo Club were also closely involved in the planning of the morning’s cycle races.

Cyclists power down the waterfront in St Peter Port during the Cycling Sunday races (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cyclists power down the waterfront in St Peter Port during the Cycling Sunday races (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The morning of races began with four junior races, organised by the Guernsey Velo Club followed by a series of races for elite Guernsey racing cyclists.

Cycling Sunday racing along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cycling Sunday racing along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey's elite cyclists race along the St Peter Port waterfront on Cycling Sunday (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Guernsey’s elite cyclists race along the St Peter Port waterfront on Cycling Sunday (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Crowds enjoyed the competitiveness of the elite cycling race along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Crowds enjoyed the competitiveness of the elite cycling race along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

A group of four Guernsey elite cyclists race north along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A group of four elite competitive cyclists cycle north along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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