British Cycling sees membership soar after Wiggins Tour win

Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Mark Cavendish and Victoria Pendleton

British Cycling has signed up 1,000 members in the ten days since Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

the numbers come at the end of a record month for Cycling's national federation with 2,400 new members signing up in the month of July. Ian Drake, British Cycling Chief Executive, said: "This surge in membership comes in the middle of a great summer for British Cycling."

"We recently passed 50,000 members and were delighted by Sport England figures which showed 160,000 more people are cycling than were six months ago."

"July has been a bumper month. We've celebrated success by fellow British Cycling members Bradley Wiggins, Britain's first Tour de France winner, and Lizzie Armitstead, whose medal in the London 2012 women's road race on Sunday drew in unprecedented crowds."

The governing body will hope the success keeps coming in today's time trials around Hampton Court, and then on the velodrome where Great Britain are expected to deliver several medals.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989, started racing in the UK in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. As editor of  Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races.