Auctions closed at 13:00 today (4 October 2010) on the bicycle auction event of the year. Over £15,000 was raised on Going Going Bike through the auction of the team kit which Team Sky unveiled at this year’s Tour of Britain.
Bradley Wiggins’ bike was the star of the show and predictably raised a huge figure. When the hammer dropped, following intense last minute bidding that forced the auction end time to be pushed back, the winning bid was £11,600.
The remainder of the limited edition green and black kit was hugely popular and raised considerable sums for Sky Rainforest Rescue. In total over 600 bids were made on the items.
100% of all winning bids have gone directly to Sky Rainforest Rescue as Going Going Bike have donated all charges and fees to the charity. Further to this Sky will match every donation made £1 for £1, to help reach the combined campaign total of £4million.
Andrew Nethercot, Directeur Sportif at Going Going Bike said “it is great that Team Sky decided to auction Bradley Wiggins’ bike and the other Rainforest Rescue kit on an auction site dedicated to cycling. For me, it’s another example of how Sky is supporting cycling in the UK. Going Going Bike, like Team Sky, launched recently and we are delighted to have helped them raise so much money for the cause and reach out to passionate cyclists in the UK.”
Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky said “I’m really pleased that by riding in the Team Sky Rainforest Rescue kit at the Tour of Britain we not only raised awareness of this important cause, but through the auction have also been able to raise so much money for it. I’d like to thank all the sponsors who made it possible and especially the people who bought the lots and have given so generously.”