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Six-time Olympic champion comes a cropper in his Nissan at Goodwood Festival of Speed

If anyone should be good at taking a left-hand bend on a track during a race at speed, you’d think it would be Sir Chris Hoy. After all, riding anti-clockwise on the boards of a velodrome brought him six Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship rainbow jerseys.

It turns out to be a bit trickier in a racing car than a bike, however. The Scot, who signed earlier this year for Nissan to drive in the British GT championship, piled straight on into the hay bales while competing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.

"You've got to get on to the brakes early," says the commentator, and there perhaps is the problem: track bikes don't have brakes so Hoy's not used to slowing down. Luckily, he came away from the crash with nothing hurt worse than his pride, tweeting afterwards:

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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therevokid [928 posts] 1 year ago
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oh dear, oh dear, oh dear .... and in a Skyline too ...  1