Thousands of local residents came to see Sir Chris Hoy officially open the new Odd Down Cycle Circuit yesterday morning.
The eleven-time World Champion and six-time Olympic cycling champion made the unique visit to the Council’s new 1.5km closed road circuit – which was funded by British Cycling – as part of his HOY Bikes UK tour.
Chris met fans at the Odd Down Circuit between 10am and 11.30am and joined groups for a public ride around the circuit.
The event was organised by Evans Cycles and supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Cycling has been a central part of Chris’s life ever since he got his first bike. He was inspired to get into cycling after watching the BMX chase scene in Stephen Spielberg’s movie ET. From that day on all Chris wanted to do was ride his bike; racing in BMX, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, road, and track.
It was never just about the medals but the sheer joy of cycling; 11 World Championships and 6 Olympic Gold medals later it is the same motivation that keeps him riding.
Chris said: “Facilities like Odd Down Cycle Circuit are great for cyclists of all levels, whether looking for a safe place to learn and develop your skills, or to race and train.”