Sir Chris Hoy – domination and emotion

I stumbled across this video of Chris Hoy winning his second of three gold medals in the keirin in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He utterly demolishes the opposition as he goes nearly 2 bike lengths clear with over a lap remaining.

The reaction of his family and friends as he pulls clear from the pack on the penultimate lap, and then the cut to the bagpipes after the finish has the hairs on my scalp standing up and a moisture in the eye.

Sir Chris Hoy returns to action in the British Track Nationals this weekend at the Manchester velodrome.

Sir Chris Hoy will head a strong Scottish contingent at the National Track Championships in Manchester from Tuesday, October 20 to Saturday, October 24. The 33-year-old has confirmed his intention to compete in the individual sprint and the Keirin and could also contest the team sprint as part of the Sky HD squad.

Hoy, who recently accused the BBC of ‘patronising’ the GB cycling team and treating cyclists like ‘performing monkeys’ on the night that he won the Sports Personality of the Year award, had a successful return from injury at a high-quality meeting in France two months ago.

Since then the triple Olympic gold medallist has focused on regaining full fitness and is looking forward to testing himself against domestic opposition before his first international outing of the new season.