On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant, 'Wiggo' became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation's most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion.
"Feels like you sitting right next to Wiggo"
For 60 minutes this summer, the British public stopped what they were doing, switched on their radios and their TVs, refreshed their Twitter feeds, and followed Bradley Wiggins' attempt to break one of sport's most gruelling records: The Hour. The premise is simple enough: how far can you cycle in one hour? But it is thought to be one of the toughest events an athlete can endure, both physically and psychologically. Eddy Merckx, cycling's über-champ, called it the hardest thing he ever did.
Luke Crawford is crazy about football. A walking encyclopedia of football facts and trivia, he throws his enthusiasm into being captain of the Swillsby Swifts, a Sunday team made up mostly of boys like himself - boys who love football but get few chances to play in real matches.
George is romantic and great fun but how much does Marie really know about her new partner? After a whirlwind romance and Mediterranean marriage to chirpy cockney George, Marie's plans for a cosy Christmas a deux are derailed when he says the band's schedule has changed. George is hurt in the Taunton rail crash when Marie thought he was playing Christmas gigs with his band in Scotland. She drives South to discover a whole lot more about the past of the man she married. Is Marie's new husband George a bigamist?
No one enjoys keeping goal so much as Sanjay Mistry. But after he makes a series of terrible match-losing blunders, team leader Luke Crawford decides that it's time someone else had a go - himself! Determined to prove himself as the number one goalie, Sanjay rises to the challenge with some outstanding saves. This is a fast-moving and realistic football tale by Rob Childs.