Sir Chris Hoy retired in 2013 as the most decorated British Olympian in any sport and the world’s most successful Olympic cyclist, with six Olympic, 11 world and two Commonwealth titles to his name.

As a young cyclist he honed his skills on the outdoor velodrome at Meadowbank Stadium and first came to prominence alongside Craig MacLean when they teamed up to win team sprint silver at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Two years later, at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, Chris proved his individual credentials by winning gold in the 1km time trial for Scotland, and went on to win his first of 11 world titles in Copenhagen the same year.

He won his first Olympic gold medal at Athens 2004, and four years later in Beijing became Scotland’s most successful Olympian and the first British athlete since 1908 to win three gold medals at a single Games.

Having shrugged off the setback of his favourite event, the 1km time trial, being removed from the programme, Chris proved his extraordinary versatility and strength with 18 consecutive wins in five days, culminating in victory in the finals of the team sprint (alongside Jamie Staff), the keirin and the men’s sprint.

Following his golden hat-trick in Beijing, he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year and six years later, he received the Lifetime Achievement award. He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List, following his MBE in 2005.

After retiring from cycling Sir Chris turned his attention to motor sport, where he competed on the Radical Sportscars circuit before joining the British GT Championship, which led to him taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours rally in 2016.


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