Me and my travels: Bradley Wiggins, cyclist

Bradley Wiggins, cyclist

My idea of paradise is ...

Mallorca. I've got two kids, aged three and one, and being on the beach with them is great. And the two-hour flight with them is more than enough! We've been going for the past couple of years and it's a sort of a home from home now. We go to Port de Pollença, a family resort where there are also a lot of cyclists. I go there to train so I know all the roads, the beach is good and I'm friends with some of the people there who run cafes.

My favourite hotel is ...

The Lowry in Manchester. You get really well looked after, the restaurant is great and the setting down by the docks is fantastic.

I'll never go back to ...

Poland. My wife was pregnant and in hospital with pre-eclampsia but I was ordered by my team to go to Poland for the Tour because the team needed six riders to start. I went to Poland, started the race then jumped off the bike and drove for six hours to the airport, where I had to wait 24 hours for a flight back. I always associate Poland with that experience and never want return.

My favourite place to cycle is ...

Italy. It's really beautiful riding in Tuscany. On long road races, when the race is not on, you are able to appreciate the scenery. At times you can't help but look, especially in the Alps.

For short trips I fly ...

Economy, but with long-haul I'm not sure I could fly economy again. We got upgraded to first coming back from Beijing and that was fantastic. There's such a big difference between business and economy, it's worth paying that bit extra.

I never travel without ...

My iPod. I can't be without my music. I used to carry around a portable CD player and about 100 CDs before the days of the MP3 player.

On food abroad ...

I'm not fussy. You have to be quite flexible as an athlete. Before a race I try to get lots of carbs in - a bowl of pasta will do.

• Bradley Wiggins won two golds at the Beijing Olympics. His autobiography 'In Pursuit of Glory' (Orion) is out now.


Interview by Carl Wilkinson

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