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Sponsor a leaf for an Olympic Cycling sculpture in Dorking

Posted by Matt | January 26, 2012 | 6 comments so far

Cycle Leaf sculpture proposed for Dorking by Heather Burrell

A new sculpture to recognise cycling in the Mole Valley (and in particular the 2012 Olympic Road Race later this year) is planned for the A24/Pixham Lane/Denbies roundabout after an initiative organised by Mole Valley Councillor Caroline Salmon.

Taking the form of a 2.4m x 4m representation of two road cyclists constructed from individual steel leaves it is suggested that members of the public may wish to sponsor a leaf in order to raise funds for the project.

The sculpture is has been designed by Heather Burrell who created the Cycle Leaf scuplture for the 2007 Tour de France which stands on the Rotherhithe roundabout.

At present half the £20,000 cost is provided by developer funds from the MVDC but that means a further £10,000 needs to be raised by the public, at a cost of £40 per steel leaf for the 200 required to create the sculpture.

It seems to me a great way to immortalise ourselves, either individually or as the Muddymoles as a whole with one or more leaves sponsored.

I plan to keep an eye on things and will write more when I have further details. Further reading on the steel cyclist scuplture, including some positive reaction from stakeholders and members of the public can be found on the ‘This Is Surrey’ website with also covering this story.

Filed under 2012, News in January 2012


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 6 comments on ‘Sponsor a leaf for an Olympic Cycling sculpture in Dorking’

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  1. Dave says:

    Is this a bit like “a fig leaf for Dandy?”

  2. Andy661 says:

    Probably a small leaf then…. :-p

    Can we speak the the sculptor? The handle bars appear to have melted in the casting process…

  3. StevenD says:

    And there I was thinking that the Surrey Olympic legacy would be Cav, Wiggins & Co names painted on the road at Box Hill.

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    The automatic advert that popped up below Steve’s comment on my screen was:

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  5. Caroline Salmon says:

    Thanks for promoting the Cycle Race Sculpture – Leaf Sponsors will be given a memento for their £40 donation – A wallet with a personalised and numbered certificate and a small steel oakleaf cut by the same laser as the big piece is. 20 “leaves” already snapped up! I have lots of application forms. email me at

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