Sir Bradley Wiggins, a British professional road and track cyclist who currently rides for the Pro Team Sky, wants to ensure all is lined up for his eighth Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016; he has just launched his own track and cycling team, Team Wiggins, to help him with preparations to reach his 2016 goal.

Wiggins has already won seven Olympic medals, with his first Olympic medal in cycling won in the Sydney Olympics in 2000; if he gets a medal in Rio he will be the most decorated British athlete in Olympic history.

Wiggo, 34, will ride for Team Sky until April, after which he will move his focus to track and join Team Wiggins. Apart from himself, the new team will include other eight young and talented cyclists from the UK. Wiggins hopes that the new team would also give prospects for the younger team members to gain right experience and prepare themselves for Rio.

In the build up to the Olympics with Team Wiggins, Wiggo will aim to break the individual world “Hour Record” in the summer. The “Hour Record” consists of riding as far as possible in 60 minutes in a velodrome; this is a measure of the absolute track endurance. The current world record is 32.219m and it was won by Matthias Brandle from Austria at the end of October 2014. Matthias stole the record from German Jens Voigt, who held on it for only a month: from 18th September till 30th October 2014.

Wiggins was very sporty from his young age and tried different sports, before he settled for cycling, inspired by the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Soon afterwards, age 12, he joined a cycling club in London and participated in his first road races. His father was also a professional cyclist.

2012 was his golden year when he won all possible awards there are, including Tour de France Championship; he received his knighthood from the Queen for the achievements in 2012.

Let’s hope that 2015 and 2016 bring even more awards and honors to Wiggins whose amazing cycling career helped to raise the sport’s popularity.

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