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.