Having three enormous gilded thrones for the bronze, silver and gold medal winners of the men’s road cycling time trial at the finishing line at Hampton Court was completely over the top.
I don’t think they’d been dragged out of the palace for the occasion (although they might have) as they seemed specially designed for the occasion as they were in descending size order, from gigantic to simply huge.
Chris Frome looked particularly uncomfortable as he perched on ‘baby bear’s’ throne as he waited for the rest of the field to finish and Bradley Wiggins finally took his place as the winner.
I’m not sure whose idea the thrones were and they didn’t play any further part in proceedings, at least not that I saw and you can already buy the commemorative stamp on the right.
Actually, that is quite clever marketing by the post office, along with their promise to paint a traditional red post box gold for each gold medal winner.
Apparently Wiggins has two, one in Eccleston and another in Chorley, Lancashire and my own personal Olympic mission is to get a photo of one or both of them.
In the meantime, a celebratory video of Roger Miller singing King of the Road.