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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to agree that Bradley Wiggins CBE be made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Westminster in recognition of his achievement on being the first Briton to win the Tour de France and for winning three Gold Medals at the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games. More details
Petition update from the council, 30 January 2013The prayer of the petition was considered at a meeting of the full Council on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 and subsequently it was agreed that:
That the City Council congratulate Sir Bradley Wiggins, CBE, it’s former resident on his ground-breaking cycling achievements, which include seven Olympic Medals – four of which are Gold, spread over four Summer Olympic Games: Six Track Cycling World Championships; 3rd place in the General Classification of the Tour de France, 2009; 3rd place in the Vuelta a Espana, 2011; Winner of the 2011 and 2012 Criterium du Dauphine; Winner of the 2012 Paris – Nice and Tour de Romandie; winner of the General Classification of the Tour de France, 2012 and on being knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year’s Honours List and in recognition of such achievements agrees to enter into dialogue with Sir Bradley to agree with him the most appropriate way of recognizing those achievements and his association with Westminster which could include the naming of a sports facility after him; erecting green plaque in an appropriate place (such as in Paddington Recreation Ground) or offering him the Freedom of the City and that Officers report to the relevant Cabinet Member, as necessary, in the event of a naming or Green Plaque being proposed or in the event of him being offered the Freedom of the City an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council be convened upon direction of the Lord Mayor.
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Bradley Wiggins lived in Dibdin House in Maida Vale, Westminster for 15 years from the age of 2 until he was 17. He went St Augustine’s School. He had to leave Westminster because the best training centre is at the Commonwealth Games velodrome in Manchester.
As a teenager, Hyde Park was his unofficial training centre. “I used to practise in Hyde Park because it was only a mile from home and it was a closed road so my mum didn’t mind me hammering round it,” he said.
As a boy he used Paddington Recreation Ground for tennis, football, cricket and athletics. He did fitness training at Moberly Sports Centre in Queen's Park.
He began racing in 1992, and his training used to consist of setting out from Maida Vale and riding up the A40 to Denham, or cycling straight up the A1 up to Welwyn Garden City.