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Bradley Wiggins returns to racing - only in a boat

Wiggins continues his crusade toward an Olympic rowing spot with his first rowing race in London this Sunday

Peter Stuart
22 Mar 2018

Olympic cycling champion and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to continue his crusade into competitive rowing, with an entry in the Veteran's Head of the River Race this weekend, the day after the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

Wiggins has so far not competed on a water-based event, only on the rowing machine at the Indoor Rowing Championships. There he fell short of his target of close to six minutes.

It follows extensive speculation that Wiggins wishes to compete at the Olympics once again, but as a rower.

Sources have confirmed that Wiggins is listed on an entry for the London-based Tideway Scullers School, and a mysterious Instagram video by the previous World Record Holder for indoor rowing, Graham Benton, shows him rowing in the three-seat of an 8+ boat.

*(Since our initial publication of the story, Wiggins has tweeted the same video of himself in preparation for the Veteran's Head of the River)

Following his performance at the Indoor Rowing Champs, many thought that his crusade to make the transition had ended, as he was visibly upset with the result and stopped sharing his training on social platforms. 

While it's not clear if he still has sights on an Olympic spot, this is the first sign we've seen of an earnest desire to compete at the sport on a club level.

The Veteran's Head of the River Race is for rowers over the age of 27, and is spearated into age categories. Wiggins will compete in category B for those 36 or older.

The race will take place this Sunday, from Chiswick Bridge to Putney Pier, from 10:30am BST. Wiggins will be setting off in the seventh boat of several hundred from the start, seeding his boat for a finish in the top 10 overall.

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