- Chris Hoy and Britain’s Track Cycling Revolution.
Heroes, villains and velodromes is a fascinating insight into Chris Hoy and the emergence of Britain as a great track cycling nation.
Considering his Olympic medals and success at World Championships, Chris Hoy has a relatively low profile in British sport. The book helps to portray the struggle for success. It includes chapters on Chris’s attempt on the Kilo world Record in Bolivia. (Chris missed out on the kilo record by an agonizing 5000th of a second – an example of the tiny margins that can often decide track racing). See video of record attempt in Bolivia.
It also examines the attitude of the British track team and in particular the enthusiastic direction of David Brailsford. David Braislford can claim a fair percentage of the credit for producing an impressive track record, whilst maintaining a firm anti-drug stance. Team GB conduct their own internal blood tests, which they say give them a good idea about whether anyone might be trying to cheat. Rather revealingly, it is said in the book about 3 continental pro cyclists were told that they were not wanted because their blood tests showed ‘anomolies’ – their names have never been revealed. Their is also an insight into David Braislford’s ‘compassionate ruthlessness’ I guess an important part of building Olympic success.
Richard Moore is an author and journalist. His first book, In search of Robert Miller, was a best seller and won best biography at the 2008 British sport book award.