Kayleigh Brogan seeks advice from Chris Hoy

COMMONWEALTH Games medal hopeful Kayleigh Brogan plans to boost her podium prospects by tapping into cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy’s vast reserves of knowledge.
Kayleigh Brogan: Special event. Picture: Ian WatsonKayleigh Brogan: Special event. Picture: Ian Watson
Kayleigh Brogan: Special event. Picture: Ian Watson

Six-time Olympic champion Hoy retired last week following a glittering 19-year career.

Britain’s most decorated Olympian now plans to offer advice and support to Scotland’s next generation of athletes and Paisley rider Brogan cannot wait to benefit from his experience.

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The 21-year-old – who hopes to compete in events on the road as well as at the Sir Chris Hoy arena at the Commonwealth Games next year – said: “I haven’t had the chance to speak with Chris yet but he’s an ambassador for the sport and someone we all look up to.

“He’s won everything and his experience can rub off on us, so it would be great to speak to him. Hopefully that’s something we’ll get the chance to do.”

Brogan was in Glasgow yesterday to help launch the British Cycling National Road Race Championships taking place in Glasgow from 20-23 June. It will be the first time that the championships have taken place in an urban setting, with the race weaving through the heart of the city. The road race course will feature elements of the proposed route for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

University of the West of Scotland student Brogan will use this year’s championships as a stepping stone towards the Games, where she aims to compete as a support rider for the road race as well as her favoured scratch and point race events on the track.

She sadi: “A home crowd, especially in Scotland, always gives you that bit more of an advantage. Everyone gets behind you and it will be special racing along the streets I’ve been walking up and down on my way to uni for the last four years. Speeding along Sauchiehall Street in a British Championship will be amazing. It sounds like it’s going to be a really good event.

“However, there is a lot more pressure on us this year, especially to qualify for the Commonwealths next year. I’m looking to be part of the Scotland team and help Scotland win a medal on the track and on the road.

“But the British Road Race is an event I’m looking to excel in and help my preparations for the Games. It will be much the same course as is used in the Commonwealths so it’s a good chance to get to know the course and work with my team-mates.

“We are under pressure but it’s exciting too and it’s just about making the most of the next 12 months while ensuring I’m as prepared as I can be.”