Sir Chris Hoy has been hailed this week as he announced his retirement from professional cycling. The incredible six-time Olympic gold medallist told a packed press conference that he had used “every last ounce of energy and effort” at the London 2012 Olympics, and was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Scot has arguably done more to promote the rise of cycling in Britain than any other person. His achievements have been talked about atbike shelters up and down the land, and he has inspired thousands of people to get on their bikes. Hoy, who has also won 11 world titles, explained:
“I wanted to get a medal for Scotland. I didn’t think I could so want someone else to take my place. It is a hard time – it is one moment at the end of your career when you say ‘enough is enough’. It’s a decision that I didn’t take lightly and I thought about it very hard. In sport at the highest level you are dealing in the smallest margins and you can tell when you are good but not good enough. “Nothing would give me more pleasure than going to Glasgow, but I don’t want to be there for the numbers. Now it’s time for younger riders to experience what it is like to compete in front of a home crowd. I will be there to open it and soak up the experience.”
Indeed, Hoy’s success has no doubt contributed to the rise in demand for secure bike storage facilities. As more and more people own their own bikes, it is important that they have safe places to store them at their schools or work places. Fellow professional cyclist Mark Cavendish has stated that he believes that Hoy is responsible for the current boom in British cycling, and that the country has a lot to thank him for. Outside bike storage has become an increasingly familiar sight up and down the land throughout Sir Chris Hoy’s illustrious career. It is difficult to pick a career highlight for him, so we’ll give you the words of the big man himself. Hoy said:
“It’s tough to pick one special moment – so I’m going to pick two. Athens – stepping onto the podium, hearing my name read out and then hearing ‘Olympic champion’ after it. To me that was what my career was all about. I thought nothing could compare to that but in London, to end my career with my sixth gold medal, in the nature of the keirin, was a really special moment. I’ve had so much fun. I’m looking forward to spending time with [wife] Sarra and putting something else in my life ahead of cycling. People say cycling is a sacrifice – it’s not a sacrifice, you choose to do it. But every decision in your life is based around the sport.”
There can be no doubt that the entire country wishes Sir Chris well in his future pursuits.