We have a winner for our custom-built Witcomb bike

Matthew House shows off his prize Witcomb road bike

A lucky winner has been drawn at random from everyone who entered our competition to win a custom-built Witcomb road bike.

Matthew House, from Leytonstone, is pictured with one of the special LCC-branded 80th anniversary bikes, which is a limited edition replica wearing the racing colours from the 1958 Tour de France (the last British handmade bike to enter Le Tour).

Matthew plans to visit the shop soon to be measured, and his frame will then be custom-built to his exact specifications.

The Witcomb family has been building frames for 80 years, and has had a bike business in Deptford since the 1940s.

Off-the-peg models are available from £1500, while made-to-measure examples like our prize-winner's cost £1900. For any of the ltd edition bikes sold, Witcomb will donate a sum to London Cycling Campaign. Follow the link on the right for more details.

Winner's Deptford connection

Matthew said, "I was speechless when LCC phoned me to tell me I'd won. I've never won any prize before, let alone a £2000 bike!"

"My grandfather grew up in Deptford, and worked in the docks there many years ago, so I'm looking forward to visiting the Witcomb shop."

"I cycle to work every day, and use my bike to make visits as part of my work for the health services in Hackney. A new set of wheels will be most welcome."

Matthew joined LCC at the Cycle Show after meeting members of the Waltham Forest local LCC group at a car-free day in the borough.

He hopes to join the Waltham Forest group for their Cycling Santa charity ride in early December.

"Believe it or not, I often work as a Santa during the festive season. I got into it through my amateur drama connections, and now it's become a regular seasonal event."

If anyone's looking for a experienced Santa, contact LCC and we'll pass on your details to Matthew.


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