Chris Hoy rode his final one-kilometre time trial in La Paz, Bolivia over the weekend. The Scot was attempting to better the high-altitude record of Arnaud Tournant (58.875 seconds), but his two rides of 59.103 and 58.880 seconds on Saturday and Sunday weren’t good enough. As a consolation, he set a new altitude world record of 24.758 seconds in the flying 500m on Sunday afternoon, knocking over a second off Arnaud Duble’s 25.850 seconds, set in 2001.
“I’ve got the second and third best times in history, but only he [Tournant] and I know what it takes to get there,” Hoy told The Scotsman. “It puts in to perspective what he achieved, but with a bit of luck, I could have beaten him. But the whole team are coming back with a world record which might take a bit of beating, which is still great for me and my sponsors.”
Hoy finished his kilo career as the last ever(?) Olympic Champion in the discipline, as the event has been axed from the Olympic programme. He has also won three world championships, a Commonwealth Games gold medal, and holds the sea level kilo world record at 1:00.711, set in Athens at the 2004 Olympics.
“I’ve ridden my last kilo – but there will always be a bit of me wondering if that record could still be bettered,” he concluded.