As he prepares to compete in the Cali Track World Cup in Colombia, Bradley Wiggins has hinted he may continue to race after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finally hanging up his bike in December 2016 after riding the Ghent Six and other track and road events.
Wiggins will ride the team pursuit in Colombia on Friday, chasing vital qualification points for Rio and success against major rivals Australia and New Zealand.
“I’m fully in the track zone now, so I’m not really thinking about retirement, I’m just enjoying it at the moment,” Wiggins told The Telegraph newspaper in an interview.
“The likelihood is that I’ll retire in December 2016, rather than stop in Rio I’d like to come back and do events like the Revolution Series, the London Six and the Ghent Six Day. I’d like to go back to Ghent because it will be 18 years since I first rode it, so I’d love to go back – I’d be completing the circle if you like.
“It’s been refreshing coming back to the track. I think with the road I was getting to the stage where I was thinking ‘this is my last Paris-Nice, my last Tour of Flanders’ and it started to feel a little mundane, sort of clock watching. It felt like I was waiting to check out of work at five o’clock, whereas with this – the track – I’m just enjoying it. I was going to stop after Rio, but now I think I’d just love to carry on doing events throughout the winter.”
35 year-old Wiggins confirmed he plans to ride the Tour of California in May as key endurance training for the Olympics. He revealed he has also added the Dubai Tour to his planned schedule to prepare for the Track World Championships in March. He will compete on the road as part of his Wiggins Continental team, helping develop several of his British teammates from the track get a taste of international racing and perhaps help them secure contracts with major teams.
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