Sir Chris Hoy will be forever associated with the five circles that together make up the Olympic symbol – the four-time gold medallist even has a tattoo of it, not that there’s any danger of his exploits being forgotten – but his thoughts today were occupied by a ring of a quite different sort as he tied the knot with fiancée Sarra Kemp.
The pair had been engaged for around a year, but kept their wedding plans under wraps, and even kept the venue, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, a secret until the last possible moment, according to the BBC.
Even guests, including Hoy’s fellow Beijing gold medalist, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, were not told about the location of the wedding until late on.
In keeping with tradition, the cyclist, who was born in the Scottish capital, sported traditional Highland dress, while the bride wore a white wedding dress complete with veil.
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.