Sir Bradley Wiggins to take on the GB Rowing Team at the British Rowing Indoor Championships this December

Wiggins will race on 9 December at the iconic Olympic Velodrome in East London

On Saturday, 9 December, Sir Bradley Wiggins, five-time Olympic champion, will take on the best of the GB Rowing Team at the British Rowing Indoor Championships, presented by Visit Sarasota County.

The 2,000m race, which is due to take place around lunchtime, will be fast and furious as the heavyweight men go for gold. At last year’s British Rowing Indoor Championships, GB rower Adam Neil took home the title in a time of 05:46.5, followed by Great Britain’s Callum McBrierty and Matt Rossiter.

At the same event in 2015, Moe Sbihi, Olympic champion in the men’s four at Rio 2016, smashed four-time Olympic champion Sir Matthew Pinsent’s 11-year British indoor rowing record in a time of 05:41.8 in front of a roaring crowd.

Matt Rossiter, bronze medallist in the men’s four at the 2017 World Rowing Championships who will be at the British Rowing Indoor Championships in December said: “It’s really exciting that Wiggo is going to be racing. On a personal level, I’m a massive cycling fan and he’s probably a large reason for that.”

“What he did in the Tour in 2012 was absolutely immense and he’s got a bag full of Olympic gold medals. He has to have one of the biggest engines ever in world sport and for him to try and tune it to rowing is awesome. To be lining up against one of your ultimate sporting heroes is an absolute privilege. He just better not beat me!”

The British Rowing Indoor Championships is a unique indoor rowing event, open to all, whether you are racing in a bid to be crowned national champion or wanting to set a personal best. Competitors range from 11 years to 88 years old and come from across the county.

Competitions are raced within age and weight categories over 500m, 2,000m or a 4,000m team relay and there are also timed races for juniors.

Competitors race under the bright lights of the iconic London 2012 Olympic velodrome and to the back drop of big beats, in front of a packed crowd.

You can still enter the British Rowing Indoor Championships online via the website http://indoorchamps.britishrowing.org.

Spectator tickets are also on sale for £6, for anyone over 16 years old and free of charge for 16 and under.  All tickets need to be booked online at http://indoorchamps.britishrowing.org.

Any media wishing to attend the British Rowing Indoor Championships needs to be accredited by Tuesday , 5 December. Email [email protected] for more information.

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