Sir Chris Hoy MBE, is a multiple world and Olympic champion track cyclist, with six gold medals and one silver, and the world's most successful track cyclist - ever.
Chris first watched the ﬁlm E.T. as a 6 year old and saw a BMX bike for the ﬁrst time. From that moment on he has been hooked. As a child he loved riding his bike, and he still does. For him it’s never just been about the racing or the winning, he has always loved being part of a team, being on a journey and working towards a goal.
Chris won his first Olympic Medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics where the Team Sprint finished second and saw him take away a Silver medal. His first Olympic gold came at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in a Kilo final that saw 3 world record times. As the final person to take to the track Chris smashed the world record set moments before to take victory and the gold medal. 1 year later Chris was informed that the Kilo time trial event had been dropped from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games programme. Being forced to change disciplines, Chris decided to train for both the sprint and the Keirin. Committing to the two technically different events, Chris went on to take gold in both in addition to gold in the team sprint. In London 2012, having won gold again in the team sprint, Chris took gold in the Keirin and become the most successful British Olympian ever, winning a total of 6 gold medals. Now, Sir Chris Hoy MBE is a multiple world and Olympic champion track cyclist and the world’s most successful track cyclist – ever. He was awarded an MBE in 2005, crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and received a Knighthood in 2009.
Since his retirement in 2013 life has changed significantly for Chris. As a motorsport enthusiast he had the opportunity in 2016 to take part in the world’s most demanding motorsport endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours. He now enjoys competing in various Championships and cars, from World Rallycross to Caterhams to GT cars. However, cycling will always be Chris’ biggest passion and the launch of his own range of bikes – HOY Bikes – in 2013 ensures he has the opportunity to fully immerse himself in every aspect of the business. He has also written several books including the hugely successful Flying Fergus – a series of 10 books aimed at young children with the aim of encouraging them to read whilst also inspiring them to ride their bikes. How To Ride a Bike followed at the end of 2018, a cycling manual compiled from everything learnt during his extraordinary career. Most recently Chris wrote ‘Be Amazing’ published in October 2020. The book is aimed at 9-13 year olds, helping them realise their full potential in all areas of life and achieve their dreams by discovering their confidence and building resilience and self belief. Chris is married with two children.
A polished public speaker and media presenter and avid supporter of British Cycling, Chris is a mainstay amongst sporting commentary and punditry in the UK having been an integral part of the BBC’s team covering the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2018 European Championships and the Tour de France. He is also passionate about the charities he supports, namely UNICEF, Scottish mental health charity SAMH and Laureus. Chris is married with 2 children.
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