Bradley Wiggins famously trained for the heat of the Vuelta a Espana by setting up a turbo trainer in his shed, plugging in a couple of heaters, and cranking the temperature up to a sweltering 35ºC. That helped onto the podium of the 2011 Vuelta, so we can only hope that ahead of the Rio Olympics he’s upgraded his shed to one with a velodrome in it.
Yes, you read that correctly, a shed with a velodrome in it, which is one of the three special sheds being produced by Yorkshire company Tiger Sheds ahead of the Olympics (the other two you can chose from are a Diving Cabin with 10m diving platform, and a 100m cabin with running track for those with incredibly long and thin gardens).
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Unfortunately the velodrome doesn’t quite seem up to Olympic standard as it appears to be considerably smaller than 250m and constructed from pixels rather than Siberian pine. But that hasn’t stopped Tiger Sheds offering a 10-year gold medal guarantee (providing that you train for at least six hours per day and don’t fail any random drugs tests).
The only other snag might be that it will set you back the princely sum of £49,500, and that doesn’t even include free delivery if you live in Cornwall or the Scottish Highlands.