Olympic great Chris Hoy announced his retirement from cycling with immediate effect on Thursday.
The six-time Olympic champion, Britain’s most successful Olympic competitor (he has won six Olympic golds and one silver), bows out at the age of 37 after a career in which he became the most decorated cyclist in the history of the Games.
“I’m officially announcing my retirement from international cycling,” he told a press conference at Murrayfield Stadium in his native Edinburgh.
“It’s a decision which I didn’t take lightly. It’s something I thought about hard with the help of my family and my coaches.”
Hoy overtook rower Steve Redgrave as Britain’s most successful Olympian at last year’s Games in London, when he claimed gold medals in the team sprint and the keirin.
He had hoped to continue competing until next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where the cycling event will be held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, but said he was no longer capable of competing at the highest level. — Reuters