My Le Mans Dream with Nissan

Friday April 11 2014

Nissan, the Official Automotive Partner of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Associations (BPA), has signed me as a Brand Ambassador on the Road to Rio 2016.

I’m going to be driving a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 car in this year’s British GT Championship. The ultimate goal of the programme will be competing with Nissan in 2016 at the Le Mans 24 Hours – the world’s most famous endurance race.

When we sat down to discuss the relationship, we talked about how we could make things a two-way street. When I learned what had been achieved through Nissan’s Driver Development Programme I was keen to take my enthusiasm for motorsport to the next level. This won’t be easy – but I could not turn down the chance to give it a go. My ultimate ambition is to race at Le Mans. That is the dream, but I’m taking this one step at a time.

Nissan Testing.  Silverstone, England. 26/03/2014 Photo: Drew Gibson

Nissan GB Marketing Director, Guillaume Masurel said: “At Nissan, we always do things differently. As Britain’s biggest vehicle manufacturer, we are proud to commit our support for both the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association on the road to success in Rio 2016. Through our #uniteandexcite campaign we will be giving fans exclusive access to our team of athletes and showcasing their stories and preparation as we count down to Rio 2016.

“Now we can offer another new story, which is a further demonstration of Nissan’s innovative thinking.  We will be supporting the new talent and new technology through our partnership with BOA and BPA but in this case the new talent happens to be Britain’s most successful Olympian. Sir Chris has already shown that he is a very capable driver and by combining our expertise in driver development, a great car and an experienced team with his natural ability, drive and determination, this will be a fascinating journey.”

I’ll be racing for the experienced Nissan GT Academy Team RJN. NISMO Athlete Alex Buncombe, who has helped all of the GT Academy graduates transition from gamer-to-racer, will be partnering me in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 for the majority of the season’s seven race weekends.

The 2014 British GT Championship gets underway on Easter weekend (19-21 April) at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit.

Announcing the HOY One Hundred Sportive

Wednesday March 12 2014

I’m delighted to announce the HOY One Hundred Sportive on Sunday 7 September. The epic 100 mile ride starts in Skipton and takes riders over some of the toughest hills and most spectacular scenery in the Pennines – with 11,000ft of climbing. There will also be a shorter half-route option for those who want to see the breath-taking views without travelling 100 miles. I’ll be welcoming riders at the start line before heading off myself, riding alongside my fellow participants.

The event is being organised by Evans Cycles and supporting my charity of choice, SAMH. Entry includes pre ride breakfast and a hot meal afterwards, as well as well stocked feed stations on route, and rider support with mechanics and broomwagon. Full and half routes are both fully marked with waterproof maps provided and there is also electronic timing for every rider. All participants will receive a free HOY goody bag on the day.

Entry is £35 for both full and half routes with £7 of every entry fee going to SAMH. Limited to 1,000 places, click here to enter now or go to www.evanscycles.com

Gold in Colombia!

Friday February 28 2014

It’s great to be back in Cali, Columbia, with the GB team for this week’s World Track Cycling Championships. My role here is really just to help out behind the scenes with the team, there are a number of new riders for whom this is their first World Champs, so it’s often helpful to have a sounding board to chat to before or during competition. In reality, like every member of GB cycling’s support staff, I’m hopefully pitching in and doing whatever I can do enable each athlete to get the best out of themselves.  It’s great to be back around the team again at the sharp end of things, and seeing the athletes and coaches working so well together reminds me how fortunate I was to have such great support throughout my career.

Our Team Sprint girls Jess Varnish and Becky James got the Championships off to a solid start with bronze, and last night the Women’s Team Pursuit won Gold, beating the Canadian team by over a second. There are plenty of great GB medal chances to come, I’m really excited to see what happens over the rest of the week.

Chris

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On Tour Down Under

Wednesday February 26 2014

It’s been an amazing start to 2014 already, a highlight so far being travelling out to Adelaide in South Australia for the Tour Down Under.  I was invited by the South Australian Tourism Commission to come down and see first hand what the tour is all about and how far it has come.  I was also to be honoured as a Legend of Cycling at their annual Legends dinner during the event.

I must say I was totally blown away by the sheer size of the event and its popularity, not just to South Australians, but all over the country.  More than 40,000 people came from interstate and overseas for the event.  The media attention was huge and overall public interest was sky high.

Talking to the riders each day, they compared some of the stages to the best stages of the Tour De France in terms of spectator support and excitement.  One particular stage at Willunga Hill was just rammed with spectators all enjoying the racing.

It seems the Aussies’ interest in cycling has really taken off since Cadel Evans won the TdF back in 2011.  While I was in Adelaide I went out for a ride every day, and each day there would have been close to 1,000 riders on the road.  It’s just so great to see so many people on their bikes.

Of course I was riding my HOY Sa Calobra and I was really pleased with the feedback I received constantly from people about the bike.  I reckon it won’t be long before we see HOY’s being ridden in Australia by a lot of people!!

Sir Chris Hoy helps create Christmas Memories

Monday December 9 2013

40 school children given the chance to ride through Richmond Park with the multi-awarded Olympian

LONDON. Monday 9th December 2013:

Today, Sir Chris Hoy kick-started the seasonal celebrations for 30 children from St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School with a Christmas-themed bike ride in Richmond Park.

The winning class, from a local Richmond-Upon-Thames school, was chosen by Hoy following the submission of poems and drawings to a competition with the theme, ‘memories of my first bike.’ The competition was run by Evans Cycles and designed to celebrate the joy of cycling and share these great memories.

Highstreet cycle experts, Evans Cycles, has a long-standing partnership with Hoy who is tasked with inspiring the next generation of cyclists. He comments, “the effort that went into each competition submission was phenomenal. I remember my first bike – a BMX that I was given when I was seven years old – and how excited I was to start riding it. Hopefully riding with these children today will go some way to deepen their enthusiasm for the sport.”

The winning entry was an advent calendar that had a photo and story from each child in the class underneath every window and will be displayed in the Evans Cycles in Kingston, until Christmas along with the other entries.

“At Evans Cycles we believe in selling proper bikes for little riders to help them experience the joy and freedom you get from cycling. But we wanted to go further than that this Christmas. We wanted to find a way to go beyond the humble bicycle and really excite kids about the sport – so we gave them the opportunity to ride with one of cycling’s greats,” says Gareth Evans, Marketing Manager, Evans Cycles.