Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement from professional cycling with a nod to Kilburn , where he was raised.
The British medallist who aced the world famous Tour de France and won eight Olympic medals, referred to himself as the "kid from Kilburn" who has lived a 16 year dream.
He said in a statement: "Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids.
"2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, 'feet on the ground, head in the clouds' kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'. They do now."
The northwest London sportsman said he has worked with the best people and ridden alongside idols over the decades.
Sir Bradley added: "What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public through thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living.
"2012 blew my mind and was a gas."
The sporting star, nicknamed "Wiggo", was born in Belgium before the family moved to Willesden Green when he was two years old, schooling him in Kilburn.
He entered his first race in 1992 aged 12 in Hayes - the West London Challenge 92.
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