Sir Chris Hoy: 2014 role will be ‘body’s choice’

Sir Chris Hoy: Competing in Commonwealth Games not neccessarily in his hands
Sir Chris Hoy: Competing in Commonwealth Games not neccessarily in his hands
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SIR Chris Hoy has said it will be his “body’s choice” whether he competes in the 2014 Commonweath Games in Glasgow.

After drawing to a close his Olympic career by becoming the most decorated British Olympian of all time, the Edinburgh cyclist has admitted he would love to end his career in the velodrome that has been named in his honour.

But he said it would be up to his physical condition whether or not he made it into the team.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Olympic closing ceremony, Sir Chris said: “If it was down to just pure choice I would love to be there in Glasgow comp-eting if I can but it is not my choice ,it is my body’s choice if you like.

“You can downplay what goes into the preparations for a major championship when you are basking in the glow of the success of the team and think ‘it is only two more years, how hard can it be?’

“If it can stay together and deal with the training and keep hanging in there then I’d love to be there. But there is the hard winter work and the base training on the roads and everything else that goes into it and it takes its toll on your body. I have been doing it since 1999 so it is a long time.”

Hoy powered to his sixth Olympic gold medal with team sprint and keirin victories at London 2012, and afterwards also had time to answer criticism of Team GB’s cycling record.

Despite rule changes brought in after the team won seven out of ten gold medals in Beijing 2008, the riders at London again won seven gold.

The results led to the French publicly questioning their technology, citing “magic” wheels – a suggestion refuted by Hoy.

“It is not like our track cycling performances can be compared to Formula One, where some teams have found a loophole and that is the reason why Red Bull or whoever the team may be is winning,” said Hoy, who is a Bank of Scotland ambassador for London 2012.

“You keep all the best kit for when it matters at the Olympics and you feel invincible when you put it all together at the same time – even if it doesn’t make a difference it’s like putting on your superhero cape.

“Other countries when they get a new piece of technology like handlebars, they will put it on the bike straight away. That combined with everything else makes a difference but the physical element is the biggest thing, the training and the planning.

“There is no doubt that element of preparation is the biggest factor. It is little things put together but you can’t blame the other countries for thinking ‘what have we got to do?’”

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