Press conference: Sir Chris Hoy retirement

So long Sir Chris! Thanks for the memories

We arrived at Murrayfield stadium with a bittersweet feeling today. Sweet that we were involved with the press conference event for an absolute sporting legend; bitter that we, along with thousands of others, expected the outcome to be his announcement of retirement from track cycling.

We had hoped to support Sir Chris Hoy in the Velodrome, which is aptly named after him, during the Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow, however, it was not to be. You wouldn’t expect anything else from this gentle giant as he bows out to let others experience the glory.

Sir Chris Hoy retirement announcementSaying at his press conference today; “Nothing would give me more pleasure than going to Glasgow, but I don’t want to be there for the numbers. Now it’s time for younger riders to experience what it is like to compete in front of a home crowd. I will be there to open it and soak up the experience.”

Throughout his career, the 37 year old has 11 world titles, six Olympic golds and the mantel of being the most successful Olympic cyclist in history. Not bad for a lad from Edinburgh!

Our role today was one of support, as we provided the PA system for the big announcement along with staging and a backdrop. visionevents were fortunate enough to help celebrate his achievements from London 2012 along with his fellow Olympians at the Gala Dinner which the Scottish Government held in Glasgow last year.

Finishing off, he commented; “It is a hard time – it is one moment at the end of your career when you say ‘enough is enough’. It’s a decision that I didn’t take lightly and I thought about it very hard. In sport at the highest level you are dealing in the smallest margins and you can tell when you are good but not good enough.”

His mammoth input into British Cycling will be missed, however, we wish him well with all his interests and his commitments to being an ambassador for many forthcoming events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Bid.

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