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Hoy launches cycling scholarship

Track star puts money into search for next Flying Scotsman (or woman)

 Chris Hoy this week unveiled details of a scholarship aimed at bringing on the next generation of track superstars.

Hoy is putting up his own money to fund two Chris Hoy Scholarship places for Scottish youngsters at the UCI's training schools in Switzerland and he is calling on Scottish businesses to back his vision with further funds. 

Hoy said: "The UCI school was established six years ago and has already helped in the development of Olympic medallists such as Ross Edgar and Vicky Pendleton.

"I would have loved the opportunity to use that facility when I was younger. As it was, Craig MacLean and I used to train together and it took us longer to reach international level because we were scrabbling around looking for coaching and the best preparation techniques.

"There's an opportunity to live and train with the best young cyclists from around the world and that can only prove beneficial in the long term.

"However, the school isn't just about racing. There's also an academic structure.

"We already have amazing talent at youth level and records are being broken by young athletes with minimal exposure to track time at Manchester or Meadowbank.

"Hopefully, with further support via the scholarship we could even develop cyclists as soon as the 2014 Commonwealth Games."

Hoy hopes eventually to launch his own academy, possibly at the new velodrome planned for Glasgow.

To find out more go to www.chrishoyscholarship.com

 

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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