Chris Hoy or Sir Christopher Hoy was born on the 23rd of March in the year 1976. He was born in Edinburgh in Scotland and is a British professional cyclist and races for Great Britain and Scotland. Chris Hoy has won the World Championship several times and is also an Olympic hero in the sport of cycling. He won in total three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics held in the year 2008. With this tremendous performance, he became Scotland’s most successful athlete at the Olympics. Chris Hoy is also the most successful male cyclist of all time at the Olympics.
The 1982 film E.T the Extra Terrestrial inspired Chris Hoy to cycle. He was then a mere six year old boy. Between the age of seven and fourteen, Chris Hoy raced for BMX and was ranked two in Britain, ninth in the World and seventh in the whole of Europe. He then received a scholarship from Kwik-Fit and Slazenger to compete in the United States and in Europe. Chris Hoy was also into rowing and rugby as a student. The fist cycling club that he ever joined was Dunedin CC in the year 1992. Chris Hoy then started focusing on only track cycling from the year 1994 joining the City of Edinburgh Racing Club. Chris Hoy’s main events included the Team Sprint and the one kilometre Time Trial. It was Team Sprint that brought him his very first World Championship medal. His team came second in the year 1999. The first World Title for his team came in the year 2002 at Copenhagen in the Ballerup Velodrome. He also won the one kilometre time trial that same very year beating Arnaud Tournant. Their main competitors in the recent years have been the team from France.
Chris Hoy was the number one cyclist in the one kilometre Time Trial for many years but stopped taking part in it after it was removed from the Olympic Schedule. Chris Hoy won his first World Title in the year 2002 and then again won it in the years 2004, 2006 and 2007. His first Olympic title came at the 2004 Olympics. After the Kilo was removed from the Olympic Schedule, Chris Hoy started focusing on other aspects of cycling. He started specializing in the Keirin. His first success at this event came at the Manchester round in the year 2007 at the World Cup Classics Series. His form continued to the World Championships where he bagged the gold medal. This showed his true class as he mastered a different new event and won the World Championships. In the year 2007, Chris Hoy attempted to break the World Record for the kilometre. He came very close but fell short by a mere 0.005 seconds.
Chris Hoy did not race at the World Cup Classics Event at Manchester as he chose to commentate with the BBC and sign autographs. He made a comeback at the Revolution 22 event in Manchester in the month of December. He was acknowledged by the crowd with a standing ovation, a gesture truly deserved by one of the most successful cyclists of all time, Chris Hoy.
Chris Hoy is one of the popular Olympians of all time and the legendary cyclist has won as many as 6 Olympic gold medals in his four Olympic appearances.
Apart from the six gold medals, Chris Hoy had also won the Olympic silver as a cyclist. There is no doubt that Hoy would be having a lot of fans, but one die hard fan of his from the sporting world is current Lions prop Dai Young.
Young said that he would any day welcome Sir Chris Hoy to be part of the Wasps team as he is such a huge fan of this cyclist. He says that Hoy gets the number one chance to be part of his rugby team, even if he had the option to choose between Hoy and the iconic Welsh footballer Gareth Bale. The footballer will only get a second chance in his Wasps team. Young was replying to a question put forth to him by a journalist as to which athlete in the world would he like to have at his disposal in his team.
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Many have been following Chris Hoy’s adventures as he prepared for his debut race in Le Mans this year.
About four days ago many found him preparing himself and facing the disbelief that he had actually qualified for this world event. There were interviews where Chris Hoy was found to state that he is overcome with awe at the aspect of what he is about to participate in. He has been practicing in his race suit offered by Nismo Racing. The forty year old is raring to go, being a native of Edinburgh. Having practiced taking part in motor racing, he felt that he was ready to race on the tracks
which were an exhilarating experience for him, especially when you compare road driving where you are stuck in traffic all the time. Read more »
This weekend lionizes an important date on the cycling world as the hundredth edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen is all set to happen on 3rd April, Sunday.
Qhubeka’s Team Dimension Data will be part of this chunk of cycling history when African team lines up at the beginning in Brugge.
For a lot of people, the Ronde van Vlaanderen is the acme of the Spring Classics season and for cycling fans of Belgium, it is certainly is the pinnacle of the game. With, more than hundred hundred years of tradition, the Ronde has become one of the most sought after victories in cycling and images from the race can be found posted on many a young cycling fan’s bedroom wall.
Again, the parcours that includes the legendary Hellingen climbs and cobblestoned paths of Oudenaarde have set the stage for yet another classic. Paterberg, Oude-Kwaremont, Koppenberg as well as Taaienberg are only a few of 18 hellingen that would be finished in this year’s 256km Tour of Flanders.
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Albeit the Brit cycling is struggling hard to come up with a winning performance yet Sir Hoy is really confident about an inspirational presence from Sir Wiggins. According to the best decorated British Olympian, the returning hero would come up with the needed fillip that would help the track cyclists to bounce back with confidence from the last month’s 14-year low at World Championships.
However, the legendary rider has warned the cyclists and the fans of Brit Cycling not keep expectations of the all-conquering feats of 2012 London & 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Britain came up with a disappointing 14-year low last month at Track Cycling UCI Worlds that was hosted at Paris. It was one of the worst performances by the Brit squad ever where they won only 3 silver medals & not one single gold- such an incident was an unfortunate first since the year 2001.
It, certainly, was quite an alarming outcome & poses a murky shadow on Britain’s fate at the upcoming Olympics. The big event is not even eighteen months away & hence the British team needs to work really hard to catapult it to a strong contending position at the 2016 Olympics. Sir Hoy, the celebrated mentor for Brit riders, did admit that the camp is passing through an under-confident phase at present. Read more »