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LEGENDARY RIVALRIES: HOY vs. TOURNANT
Four years ago today, Chris Hoy attempted to break the Kilometer World Record at a high-altitude track in La Paz, Bolivia. The record was ridden by French track cyclist Arnaud Tournant at 58.875 seconds and set at the same track. Tournant’s amazing record-breaking ride was the first recorded Kilo TT to come in under a minute.
On May 12th of 2007, Hoy rode his Kilo attempt in 59.103 seconds. The second Kilo time ever recorded under a minute — but he did not break Tournant’s World Record. Amazingly, he returned to the track the very next day to try it again…
To this day there have only been three Kilo TT’s recorded under the minute mark — and it’s excruciating how close the top two are. Watch Hoy’s second ride to see just how close the margin is that separates these two track legends.
For tips on how to improve your own Kilo TT time, check out this great article at Kissena Track Racing.
SIR CHRIS HOY ON BRITAIN’S TEAM SPRINT
Tomorrow’s Team Sprint contest at the World Championships is going to be one of the most exciting events of the entire 5 days. Great Britain have been trying to get back on top of the event ever since the 2008 Olympics and tomorrow they will be faced with some very stiff copmetition coming from the reigning World Champs of Germany and France’s excellent sprint team.
Great Britain were quite disapointed to come in third behind those two teams at the Manchester World Cup last month. Could that have been the motivation they needed to get their act together for the World Championship title and will it be enough? Sir Chris Hoy shares his thoughts on the event in this short interview.
CHRIS ROBIN VISITS MANCHESTER VELODROME
If you’ve been reading for the past couple months, you should know I’m really stoked on Chris Robin and his homemade Obree-inspired bike. Recently Chris was able to visit Manchester Velodrome and hang out with some real track legends…
« It truly was a fantastic day. Everyone was so nice to us. We hung around the track talking to Graeme for about 4 hours — talking everything from tech stuff on Old Faithful to Björn Borg. I rode my bike on the track while Graeme stood and cheered on (a really bizarre situation). Then we got to hang with Jan van Eijden who is a former sprint champ and now Hoy’s coach. He was really super super nice and we talked about training and the Olympic Games. Then by a chance we bumped in to Sir Chris Hoy himself. And he was suuuuper nice, a really humble down to earth guy and SUPER BIG — I mean really big — like the Hulk. A real power house. Both Obree and Hoy signed my helmet and Obree signed my bike. Almost all day the track was booked by the British Team but they where so nice that they let me ride when they had a break. It felt really strange riding the track and being cheered on by guys like van Eijden. We filmed everything and we have great interviews with both Obree and van Eijden. I’ll let you know when we have edited. »
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There was a huge crash during the Keirin final at the Track World Cup in Manchester today. As the last man standing, Chris Hoy took the win. Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang wasn’t so lucky — he picked up a gnarly 7-inch splinter from the track surface which pierced cleanly through his leg. The crashed riders all remounted their bikes and finished the race with Awang coming in third place to take the overall World Cup Keirin title.
Read the full story at Velo News.