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Chris Hoy reckons combined UCI championships will be ‘biggest cycling event ever seen’

Chris Hoy reckons combined UCI championships will be 'biggest cycling event ever seen'

Hoy insists everyone will be desperate to win the inaugural tournament (PHOTO: SNS [Jeff Holmes]) CHRIS HOY won’t be going full circle. Inspired by the…

Tuesday, Mar 22

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Hoy insists everyone will be desperate to win the inaugural tournament (PHOTO: SNS [Jeff Holmes]) CHRIS HOY won’t be going full circle. Inspired by the film ET, it was a BMX that first got the future six-times Olympic champion into cycling, channelling his inner Elliott on the streets of Edinburgh before eventually graduating to mountain and then the track bikes that would bring him worldwide success and make him a household name.

Announced as an ambassador for the first ever combined UCI world championships to be held next year in Scotland , Hoy returned yesterday to the velodrome in Glasgow that bears his name, still as enthusiastic about cycling and the notion of bringing 13 different disciplines to the one place at the one time, something that didn’t happen when he was at the peak of his own personal powers.

“The only time [the different disciplines usually mix] would be the Olympics and even then it’s just mountain biking, BMX, track and road,” said the 45 year-old. “You’ve also got the para-athletes all competing at the same time and indoor cycling with all its different disciplines which is quite a niche thing. I’ve seen little clips of it and it almost looks like a different sport entirely on two wheels.

“But now they’re going to feel part of this bigger cycling family. It’s going to bring all the cycling communities together so it’s going to be such a big deal to win a world title next year. Of course it’s always important […]

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