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Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome host Spring party - star auction lot is TDF road book signed by Bradley Wiggins

Unique piece of memorabilia from the year Wiggins became first British rider to win the maillot jaune

Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome are hosting a fundraising party later this month with the evening’s fun including Rollapaluza racing and a charity auction which has as its star attraction a Tour de France road book from last year signed by Bradley Wiggins, who in July became the first British winner of the race. The party takes place in Docklands on the evening of Thursday 21 March.

Wiggins got his start in track racing at Herne Hill when he was aged just 12, starting a journey that would take him to four Olympic gold medals and the top step of the podium on the Champs-Elysées podium in the maillot jaune.

The signed road book is a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia, as Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome explain:

Courtesy of Team Sky, we will be auctioning a 2012 Tour de France road book signed by Bradley Wiggins. These are only issued to people working or racing at the Tour - you can't buy one and we are not aware of any others signed by Bradley up for auction. It is a complete guide to the race, stage by stage, with all the information you could possibly wish for; maps, guides to the run ins, elevations and profiles. It's a genuine piece of cycling history and our thanks go to Bradley for signing it for us.

This one's in pristine condition and Sir Wiggo has signed the front. All you have to do to get your hands on this piece of cycling history is come to the Friends of Herne Hill fundraising party on Thursday 21 March at The Ledger Building, 4 Hertsmere Rd, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL. Doors Open 6.30pm for Rollapalluza racing at 7.00pm.

You can find more details of the Spring Opener fundraising party here, and you can also follow Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome at @savethevelodrom on Twitter as well as via Facebook.

All money raised from the charity auction will go towards building new facilities at Herne Hill, the last surviving venue from the 1948 Olympics.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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