It's not everyday you get invited to a book launch, let alone one at Paul Smith's Covent Garden store in London, but when it's a book celebrating Sir Bradley Wiggins' historic TdF win in 2012 - you've just got to go! When we arrived the store was abuzz with people, it even had 'minders' at the door. Once in, we were greeted with the news that our colleague/associate (who shall remain nameless) had had a slight accident with a waiter carrying a tray of beer which had resulted in a bottle being partially spilt over Sir Brad's tassled loafers - not the best of starts to an evening!
There were few opportunities to chat to Wiggo, as he himself wanted to be called, in-between doing a photoshoot downstairs and speaking about '101', a book of photographs taken by Sky photographer Scott Mitchell, documenting his three week Tour win, both on and off the bike. He came across as a genuine, down to earth kind of guy, a bit annoyed by the media attention that fame had earned him but still his own man.
For us the evening was about savouring the occasion. We had a few photographs taken with the star of the show but didn't go hunting for autographs, we just respected the man for who he was. One of the highlights was Simpson Magazine being recognised by a couple of our readers and to talk frankly about who we are, our aims, our plans for the future and what they as readers liked about the magazine.