A couple of London bicycle commuters trackstanding at traffic lights got the surprise of their lives when they found themselves in a race with six time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.
The stunt was arranged to promote the Revolution Series, which comes to Lee Valley VeloPark this weekend and which includes the Longest Lap race in which riders have to hold a trackstand until they are giving the order to go.
“I can’t believe what just happened at the lights there, “reflected one of the cyclists afterwards. “Smoked by Chris Hoy.”
Head here for information, including how to buy tickets, for this weekend’s Revolution Series and for the remaining rounds in Glasgow and Manchester.
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.