Shane Sutton

Thursday April 28 2016

Following the resignation yesterday of British Cycling’s Technical Director Shane Sutton, I wanted to make the following statement.

A lot has been written about Shane Sutton and British Cycling in the media in recent days.  Given the seriousness of the allegations of discrimination, I welcome the independent investigation to be conducted by UK Sport and look forward to contributing if asked to do so.  I encourage everyone with an interest in the future of British Cycling to do the same.

I’ve no intention of providing my opinion on the allegations through the media.  With our best cyclists less than 100 days away from competing in the most important event of their careers, all those with something to say need to do so in the right environment and allow our fabulous riders to finish their Olympic and Paralympic preparations without this distraction.  I think Andy Harrison will do a great job taking over the technical director role and leading the team in Rio.

I do want to pay tribute to Shane for what he’s achieved for British Cycling and for me personally over the years.  I have never met anyone who gave so much to their role within any team and who cared so much for the performance of the riders. Shane expected 100% commitment from every member of the team regardless of their role and he led by example in that respect. As a coach, his uncompromising approach yielded unparalleled results for the GB team and his contribution to my career and the entire British Cycling success story was outstanding. For this, I would like to sincerely thank him.

Back in 2009 I wrote a short article in The Guardian on Shane as my mentor, which I thought appropriate to share today: The Guardian

It’s important to recognise that all of British Cycling’s success is due to the combined effort of a huge number of people.  There is a magnificent support team of coaches and other personnel who provide their expertise and passion to allow the riders to get the best out of themselves. That team remains, and I for one can’t wait to proudly watch our Olympic and Paralympic riders representing Great Britain in Rio.  Let’s all get behind them.

New Cheshire Route for 2016 HOY 100 Sportive

Friday April 8 2016

Join Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy for a ride around the Cheshire countryside on Sunday 8th May, with a choice of 100km or 100 mile routes on Chris’ local roads.

Starting from the grounds of the Arley Hall Estate, the 100km route winds its way through country lanes on the Cheshire Plains passing both Dunham Massey Deer Park and Tatton Park along the way before returning back to the finish.

For riders looking for more of a challenge the 100 mile route is not only longer but heads for some more challenging terrain on the edge of the Peak District.

There’s a chance to test your legs as we climb up through Macclesfield Forest before starting to head back past Alderley Edge and then a relatively fast and flat run in across the Cheshire Plains to the finish.

The event is being organised by Evans Cycles, and children ride free!

Click here for further details and to enter: HOY 100

 

Nissan to Power Sir Chris in Le Mans 24 Hours Assault

Thursday March 31 2016

Nissan and Sir Chris confirmed today that he will compete in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race. Read the full announcement from Nissan below:

London, England, March 31, 2016: Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy’s motorsport dreams of competing in the world’s most famous endurance race will become reality this June when Nissan powers the six-time Gold Medallist at the Le Mans 24 Hour.

The eleven-time world champion and most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time will become the first-ever Summer Olympic Medallist to compete in the classic French endurance race.

“In motorsport terms, it’s everything. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the pinnacle for me. It’s what I’ve been working for over the past three years,” Hoy said.

“To get the news that I have the seat for Le Mans, that I got the drive and an entry is amazing. I still can’t quite believe it.

“It’s exciting but there are a lot of steps to take between now and then so I’m trying to focus on the short-term. I’m also incredibly excited that I’m going to be starting on the same grid as all these legendary drivers and getting to race on that circuit.”

After becoming the most successful British Olympian ever in 2012 in London, Hoy retired from cycling the following year and began to focus on his “hobby” behind the wheel.

Linking its role as a Team GB Olympic sponsor, Nissan first entered Hoy in the British GT Championship in 2014 in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. It has put him through its intensive driver development program created to turn graduates from the successful GT Academy “gamer to racer” scheme into professional drivers.

Hoy scored a podium in his debut season and graduated to the European Le Mans Series last year in the new Nissan-powered LM P3 prototype class.

Hoy scored victories in three of the first four races with Team LNT in a Nissan-powered Ginetta with co-driver Charlie Roberstson to clinch the LM P3 driver’s title.

This year Hoy will drive with Algarve Pro Racing on board a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis at Le Mans and at the opening two rounds of the European Le Mans Series. He will be teamed with Renault-Nissan Alliance athlete, Frenchman, Andrea Pizzitola and 2015-16 Asian Le Mans Series runner-up, Brit Michael Munemann.

“The time from my racing debut to getting a Le Mans drive has been short but many GT Academy athletes have done the journey even quicker. It’s incredible what can be achieved with the right support and the right people around you,” Hoy said.

“I’ve been very lucky to have that. I’ve had some great driver coaching, some great advice from the drivers themselves and I’ve had access to the simulator. All the same support the GT Academy drivers have.

“The biggest thing in my motorsports career is Nissan has continued to provide new challenges for me. Just as I was coming to grips with the GT-R GT3, I was promoted straight away to the LM P3 prototype.

“It has been a continued series of new challenges. But the LM P2 car I’m going to race at Le Mans is the easiest and most intuitive car I’ve ever driven.”

Sir Chris Helps Launch Track Cycling Talent ID Campaign

Wednesday March 2 2016

Sir Chris was at the Lee Valley VeloPark today to help launch a new track cycling talent identification campaign with UK Sport and British Cycling.

Read the full announcement from UK Sport below:

Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, is calling on sporting stars of the future to sign up for an exciting new talent identification campaign.

#DiscoverYourPower, a partnership between UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and British Cycling, is targeting powerful 15-21 year old males and females to be fast-tracked into the world of high performance sport.

Launched today (March 2nd) at the World Track Cycling Championships at the Lee Valley VeloPark, the campaign aims to identify talented young potential sprint cyclists who could be challenging for Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Sir Chris Hoy, who won six Olympic gold medals during a glittering career, said:

“UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport have a strong track record of finding great British talent and then finding the right sports in which those talents can succeed.

“Likewise, British Cycling has consistently produced world-class riders over many years and in Katy Marchant there is an excellent example of someone who will be competing in this week’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships having switched to cycling just three years ago.

“So it’s very exciting to see the three organisations partnering for #DiscoverYourPower – the next great British sprint cycling talent is out there and they’ve just been given the opportunity to take the first step on the road to the Tokyo Olympics.”

Katy Marchant, who transferred from athletics to cycling three years ago, said: “I made the switch to cycling and I haven’t looked back – British Cycling’s Rider Route is a world-leading talent development programme with a history of successes including Jason Kenny, Liam Phillips, Ed Clancy and Laura Trott.

“The Great Britain Cycling Team can be a tough place and there are high expectations on everyone, staff and riders, but it is also an environment where there is a passionate determination to give talented people the best possible chance to shine.”

Previous UK Sport and EIS talent identification campaigns have discovered Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover, Taekwondo Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad and Sochi 2014 Skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold.

Since 2007, the UK Talent Team (the campaign arm of the Performance Pathways Team) has worked in partnership with 22 Olympic and Paralympic sports and over 100 World Class coaches; run 12 National athlete recruitment campaigns, and assessed over 9000 athletes.

These projects have resulted in over 100 newly identified athletes entering the World Class system with over 600 international appearances made and over 250 international medals won.

Natalie Dunman, Head of Performance Pathways at UK Sport, said:

“#DiscoverYourPower is all about ensuring young people with raw sporting talent get the opportunity to reach their full potential no matter what their background.

“We are looking for athletes with raw speed or power. You might just be in the wrong sport, but with the potential, with access to the right training and support, to become a future Olympic medallist.

“If you are highly competitive, mentally tough and up for the challenge of a lifetime – we want to hear from you.”

Ian Yates, British Cycling Performance Pathway Manager, said: “Talent selection, identity and transfer are all essential parts of our recruitment processes and important aspects of the Rider Route, British Cycling’s programme to help the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling.

“The Great Britain Cycling Team has always looked at all avenues for talent, be it those coming through the club system like Becky James, those moving between disciplines like Shanaze Reade, and those that can transfer quickly from another sport like Katy Marchant. We are setting our sights on Tokyo and beyond and we’ll leave nothing to chance in finding and developing the best British sporting talent.”

#DiscoverYourPower will have two testing phases beginning in July with the very best joining British Cycling’s National Lottery funded World Class Programme where they will benefit from access to world leading science, medicine and technology to help them reach their full sporting potential.

As well as track cycling there will also be opportunities to be considered for other Olympic sports such as Canoeing and Skeleton where power is an important factor.

You can find out more and sign up for #DiscoverYourPower here

 

Flying Fergus Takes Off!

Thursday February 25 2016

The first two exciting adventures in Sir Chris Hoy’s new series of children’s books about an ordinary boy with an extraordinary imagination, have been published today.

Flying Fergus is Sir Chris’ brilliant series of illustrated fiction books about a bike-mad boy, Fergus Hamilton, and the amazing adventures that happen to him when the pedals on his bike spin backwards.

The Best Birthday Bike and The Great Cycle Challenge are available now, with three more books to be published in June, September and early 2017.

For more information about the Flying Fergus series and to join the fan club, visit the Flying Fergus website