“I sometimes wonder what it’s like to be a journalist. So when Radio 4 told me they were a bit short staffed over Christmas due to spending cut backs and whatnot, and could I help on their Today programme, I said, ok, why not?”
If that’s anything to go by – and anyone who’s followed the wit and wisdom of Wiggins will know that it is – Bradley Wiggins should prove to be a great signing for the Today programme’s annual festive season of guest editors (which this year also includes actor Michael Sheen and Spanish lawyer Miriam González Durántez, aka Mrs Nick Clegg).
The Olympic and world champion cyclist will host the Radio 4 current affairs show on 29th December and will set the agenda, which will include topics around cycling but also some of the broader questions he thinks ordinary people want the answers to.
“I don’t know anything about politics or economic policy. But I’ve listened to a lot of people having a good old moan over the years. You meet interesting characters when you’re out on a bike. I told them I’d do this show if I could shine the spotlight on stuff that interests me. Like did London 2012 do any good? Where is the next generation of Bradley Wiggins going to come from? What actually happens to you when you retire? And why should anyone bother to vote for politicians?
“I haven’t got any experience in asking questions. But I often wonder about the world and know it’s important to listen to what people say. Hope you enjoy the show.”