Archer RC | Le Col Cycling
The club has produced national, world and Olympic Champions over the years, and, so far, one Tour De France winner.
The Australian rider Gary Wiggins arrived in London with very little money in his pocket, he raced on the English Amateur scene in Archer Colours, before turning pro and moving to Belgium where he rode the Kemises and in turn was accepted on to the ‘Six Day’ circuit.
Back in the 70’s the sport professional cycle racing was strictly European, Gary was one of the first outsiders to force his way onto the scene. It was while racing at Paddington track that Gary Wiggins met and married Linda who lived in the adjacent flats, and it was here that Bradley was brought up when the marriage ended and Linda and her young son returned to London from Ghent where Gary remained to carry on riding the track.
So when a certain 12 year old Bradley Wiggins turned up at Hillingdon Track and introduced himself to Stuart Benstead, Stuart knew he had standing in front of him, a young, scrawny champion in the making.
Bradley’s main focus in his early career was the track, and he has now become one of the worlds finest track endurance riders. In 1997 he won the Junior Individual Pursuit title in Cuba. He has now won 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals over four Olympic Games, and has six world track titles to his name.
In 2009 he switched his attention to the road, and in 2010 he joined Team Sky. 2011 saw him crash out of the Tour with a broken collarbone, but he returned to form in 2012 by winning Paris-‐ Nice, and the Tour of Romandie, he defended his title in the Criterium du Dauphine, and of course became the first British cyclist to win the Tour du France, closely followed by the Olympic Gold Medal in the Individual TT in London 2012.