Published: 18 April 2013
Article: Sir Chris Hoy
Today at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium Sir Chirs Hoy announced that he would be retiring from competative cycling. Scottish Cycling’s President, Alasdair MacLennan and Chief Executive, Craig Burn today paid tribute to the “greatest track cyclist the world has ever seen.”
Commenting on the news Alasdair MacLennan, Scottish Cycling’s President, said: “On behalf of Scottish Cycling, and indeed the wider cycling family in Scotland, I want to thank Sir Chris for his contribution to our sport in this country. His unsurpassed achievements within cycling are well documented but his true legacy can be found is his status as a role model for future generations of young athletes. Professionalism, commitment, integrity and humility are just some of the key characteristics in the make-up of great champions and Sir Chris possesses these in abundance.
“Having known and worked with him for almost 20 years and fully understanding his training and commitment to his chosen sport I can completely appreciate why he has taken this decision today. I know that it is a decision he has not taken lightly, but I am firmly of the opinion that he has made the correct one for himself, the sport, his wife Sarra and his family.
“I wish him every success as he moves from the confines of the track to the wide open spaces of the rest of his life. I know that Chris will continue to play a major part in the promotion of cycling and sport in general and look forward to continue working together as he moves on to the next stage of his journey.”
Craig Burn, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, added: “In Sir Chris Hoy, Scotland has been able to boast one of the greatest track cyclists the world has ever known. His achievements on and off the bike have helped transform cycling in this country from a minority pastime to a mainstream sport and he has led the charge in establishing the UK as a global cycling super power.
“He has inspired a generation to get on their bike and has set the standard that future generations of Scottish athletes will aspire to.
“He has left a lasting legacy for our young athletes by demonstrating what is possible through hard work and commitment. We hope to work closely with Sir Chris to encourage every young Scot to ride their bike whether it be for sport or pleasure.
“On behalf of Scottish Cycling I would like to wish Sir Chris all the best in his future endeavours.”
A special programme paying tribute to Sir Chris’ career will be shown on Sky Sports 2 tonight at 7pm. It will also be available on demand.