You just know that Sir Chris Hoy is far too nice to ever pull the old “don’t you know who I am routine” – but he was at the centre of a second embarrassing moment in around 12 hours at the Commonwealth Games when he was briefly refused entrance to the velodrome that bears his name in Glasgow earlier today.
According to the Daily Record, the six-time Olympic champion was asked for identification by a female member of security staff as he sought to enter the venue this morning, although he sprang to her defence on Twitter, pointing out she was only doing what she was supposed to do.
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) July 24, 2014
At yesterday evening’s opening ceremony at Celtic Park, Hoy helped spare the blushes of Prince Imran of Malaysia who was struggling to open the Queen’s Baton in the presence of Her Majesty, the former track cyclist stepping in to help him open it to release the message inside.
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.