Richard Moore on Chris Hoy

I saw author and journalist Richard Moore speak today at the Portobello Book Festival. Richard was promoting the biography of Chris Hoy, which is published next Wednesday, but the session was informal and he fielded questions from the floor on a range of topics.

Much of the discussion focused on Chris Hoy’s achievements, the British Cycling track programme and how Chris has dealt with the pressure of fame. Chris’ parents were in the audience to confirm some of the anecdotes. Others however, were not known to them – such as the time Chris was asked by an Australian doping controller to perform a 360° turn while naked. One can only presume it was to admire his tree-trunk thighs.

His second book, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain’s Track Cycling Revolution (HarperCollins), was published in June 2008 and charts the rise of the British success from Sydney to Athens, and covers Chris Hoy’s attempt on the Kilo world record in Columbia.

The new book is an autobiography of Chris Hoy.

Richard is also working on a book about the rivalry between Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond in the 1986 Tour de France, and is due to be published in 2011.

Richard Moore represented Great Britain and competed for Scotland in the road race and time trial at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He is acting cycling correspondent for the Guardian and contributes to a range of other publications, including Procycling and Rouleur. He has covered five Tours de France, the Beijing Olympic Games and Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

He also started podcasting with Cyclingnews.com at the Tour de France, and moved on to start his own show with partners Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – The Cycling Podcast.