Sir Chris Hoy insists he has no regrets about calling time on his illustrious cycling career as next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games loom ever closer.
Hoy, who has won six Olympic gold medals, made the tough decision to retire after his double success in London last year.
But the Edinburgh-born star admitted the idea of ending his long run of success on a home track had been sorely tempting.
Hoy said: “A lot of time you look forward to the Games and think it would be amazing to be a part of it all – to be competing and getting that home support again. But you can only do so much and eventually your body waves a white flag and says that’s it. To manage to continue to the age of 36 in London was a big old challenge, and to go on for two more years it appeared it was never going to be possible. I’m going to enjoy it as a spectator.”
Hoy, who will be involved in Glasgow in an ambassadorial role, expects more London 2012 stars to commit to the Games – including the likes of his former track team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins, with whom Hoy shares Great Britain’s all-time Olympic medal record of seven. Wiggins, is among those yet to commit to competing in Glasgow.
Hoy added: “I don’t foresee any issues of motivation for the athletes who have been part of Great Britain team for London, because it is an entirely separate event and it’s a whole different environment.”