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Heroes, Villains and Velodromes

Fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London 2012, where Hoy won two more gold medals to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave, this is the story of Britain's greatest ever Olympian. Chris Hoy has been instrumental in British track cycling's remarkable transformation from also-rans to world superpower. Now, having rewritten the record books as Olympic champion in four different cycling disciplines, and with six gold medals, Hoy has become a householdname and established himself in the pantheon of sporting greats.This is a fly-on-the-wall account of Hoy and his team as he prepared for the Beijing Olympics, where he became the first Briton in a century to win three gold medals in a single Games, and it has now been fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London 2012, where Hoy won two more gold medals, to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain's greatest ever Olympian.The story begins with Hoy's introduction to cycling as a BMX racer and his progression to Olympic champion, and explains the origins and evolution of Britain's world-beating team. It includes a bizarre visit to the world's highest velodrome in Bolivia and a spellbinding journey from the razzmatazz of theEuropean six-day circuit to the craziness of the Japanese keirin races.Award-winning writer Richard Moore tracks Hoy throughout a season in the saddle, explores his motivations and mentors from a young age, and provides an unblemished insight into the mind of a champion and the largely unknown world of track cycling. It's a story that is fully updated with the remarkable events in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, two successive Olympic Games that were dominated by Hoy and the British track cycling team.
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Scottish cyclist Chris Hoy, the reigning Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion, has been instrumental in British track cycling's remarkable transformation from also-rans to leading world superpower. Author Richard Moore shadows Hoy throughout the season to provide a revealing insight into the hitherto guarded world of track cycling. A Race Against Time reveals how an elite athlete, Chris Hoy, lives, breathes and pushes the boundaries of his sport. How does he do it? And why? What drives him to put his body through the physical and mental hurdles to become the best in the world? This is also the story of an extraordinary year in the life of an extraordinary sportsman, one which started with his best-ever world championships in Mallorca -- where, for the first time in his career, he became a double world champion -- continued with his attempt on the world kilometre record in La Paz, Bolivia, went on to Japan where he spent three months riding the crazy keirin circuit, before returning to training at the world-class Manchester velodrome in the buildup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. By shadowing Hoy through a season with the British track cycling team, author Richard Moore has gained an unembellished insight into the mind of a world champion. He has also attained unprecedented levels of access to the key members of the all-conquering British team (which smashed all records and dominated the 2007 world championships) and support staff, including top coaches, world-renowned psychiatrists, doctors (where the subject of drug abuse is an ever-present shadow) and the pivotal characters behind the scenes. Combining his forensic knowledge of the cycling world with his acclaimed skills as a tenacious investigative journalist, Moore captures the mood of the British team and explores an area of professional sport that has rarely been seen before. / British track cycling is on a high following an unprecedented sweep of medals at the 2007 World Championships, and looks set to be Britain's strongest sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. / Much as Dan Coyle's book on Lance Armstrong used the sport's principal character to provide a revealing insight into its movers and shakers, so Chris Hoy will be the key that unlocks the secrets of competitive track cycling. / Chris Hoy is incredibly popular with the cycling media and is viewed as a brilliant ambassador for the sport. He is a patron of the Braveheart Cycling Fund, established in 2003 to assist young aspiring Scottish cyclists in their careers. / Cycling has huge local interest in Scotland -- a breeding ground for some of the best professional cyclists in the world / Both Chris and Richard Moore will promote the book in the run-up to Beijing through selected events and interviews. / Richard Moore is the author of the critically acclaimed In Search of Robert Millar, and the leading young writer in his field. / Hardback publication to coincide with the 2008 Olympics.

About the Author

Richard Moore is a freelance journalist who has written on sport, art and literature, contributing to the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Herald, Guardian and Sunday Times. He was a member of the Scotland team in the Prutour, the nine-day cycling tour of Britain, and represented Scotland in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


'This is an absolutely must-read book...Moore has cleverly used the very cogent words of others to paint a picture of real characters within a new order' Graham Obree, Scotsman 'A cracking story...I couldn't put it down' Hugh Porter, BBC cycling commentator 'Like its hero, this book is the real McHoy.' Scotland on Sunday 'An excellent book'. The Sunday Times '!an inspiring tale. And in Richard Moore it has a splendid chronicler.' Independent on Sunday 'This is a must-read book that tells a story that had to be told.' The Scotsman

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