Worthing duo saddle up with Olympian Hoy

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TWO Worthing cyclists had the honour of riding with six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy last week.

The Scottish cycling legend who was one of the main faces of London 2012, was in action at Box Hill as part of a secret UK tour to promote his new range of Hoy bikes.

Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club member Steve Feest and wife, Michelle, who are also both members of Worthing Striders, were lucky enough to get an invitation to saddle up with the Olympic hero through Evans Cycles, who will be selling Hoy’s new range of bikes.

After replying to an email from the bike company, Steve said: “We were lucky enough to get an email back last Thursday, swearing us to secrecy, but telling us to meet at the top of Box Hill at 2pm on Monday.

“We arrived, registered, then had the pleasure of being one of five groups of ten to ride round Box Hill with the man himself and have a chat.

“He was very relaxed, charming and pleased to be able to cycle for fun after years on the track and in the gym.”

Speaking on Evans Cycles’ website, Hoy said: “As some of you know, I’ve recently hung up my boots after over 15 years of gym sessions, endless velodrome training sessions and intense competition, which means I’m now free to get out there and ride – just for the love of it.

“On long summer evenings, with friends and family, on rides to country pubs and lazy canal path rides, I’ll be right there with you – yes, you will be able to join me on some summer rides.

“I promise not to take it too seriously or turn up in my old track skin-suits.

“With my friends at Evans Cycles, we’ve conjured up a summer on the bike like no other.”