Fancy a bike that’s been ridden by an Olympic champion? The Wiggle-Honda Colnago C59s used this year by Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell are up for grabs on eBay.
All three bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS components and Campagnolo hyperon wheels, a spec that would nudge into five figures if you bought it new.
The finishing kit comes from Deda, with fizik saddles, Look pedals and Vittoria tubulars. Extras include chain catcher, K-Edge number holder and Tacx bottle cages.
Along with each bike there’s a Wiggle-Honda team jersey signed by all three riders.
At the moment, Trott’s bike is trailing in the bidding at just £1,650, perhaps because it’s the smallest pf the three, a size 42s. King’s bike is a 52cm frame and Rowsell’s a 54cm and both are sitting at around £2,000.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.