Main content

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Kirsty Young talks to Sir Bradley Wiggins, Olympic cyclist and Britain's first winner of the Tour de France.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Winner of four Olympic gold medals, six track World Championship gold medals and the first Briton to win the Tour de France, cycling is in his blood. His parents met through the sport - his Australian father was himself a professional, his British mother a keen follower. His father left the family when Bradley was still a toddler and it was his mum, Linda, who helped him pursue his dreams of being a champion cyclist. Inspired by Chris Boardman's success at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by the age of 16 he'd won gold, silver and bronze at the Junior National Track Championships and was called up to the National Squad. He was Junior World Champion at 18.

Knighted following his achievements in 2012, he's soon to attempt the world record for the furthest distance cycled in an hour and plans to return to the track in the Team Pursuit at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

Available now

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 15 May 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • The Stone Roses

    I Am the Resurrection

    • The Complete Stone Roses.
    • Silvertone.
  • The Smiths

    The Queen is Dead

    • The Smiths – The Queen is Dead.
    • Warner.
  • Chas & Dave

    That's What I like

    • You're Just in love/That's What I Like.
    • Rockney.
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3

    • Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll.
    • Deon Records.
  • Oasis

    Rock 'N' Roll Star

    • Definitely Maybe.
    • Creation.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Sympathy For The Devil

    • Forty Licks.
    • Virgin.
  • T. Rex

    Cosmic Dancer

    • Cosmic Dancer.
    • Sanctuary mid line.

    • David Bowie

      Sound And Vision

      • David Bowie: The Singles Collection.
      • EMI.

    Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats by Michael Johnson


    Family photo album


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Bradley Wiggins
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 10 May 2015 11:16
  • Fri 15 May 2015 09:00

Featured in...

The Desert Island Discs podcast

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes



Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?