Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy kicked off the 2006 - 2007 winter track season for the British squad at the Sydney track world cup with a gold medal in the kilometre. Hoy, the reigning world champion, who threatened to drop the kilo from his repetoire after it lost it's Olympic status, finished in 1:02.242 to beat Jason Queally by twelve hundredths of a second.

Tim Veldt of the Netherlands was third.

Victoria Pendleton captured Britain's second medal of the day when she finished second to old foe Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus. Pendleton won the first round, but Tsylinskaya took the second, and then the decider.

Ross Edgar won the sprint in the seventh to eleventh place final in the keirin after winning his repechage that followed his first round defeat. The repechage win put the young Scot in a race with the likes of Theo Bos (Ned), Arnaud Tournant (Fra) and René Wolf (Ger) in which he finished fifth, putting him in the second final which he won ahead of Damian Zielinski (Pol).

The British team in Sydney is largely made up of sprinters as the squad continue with their strategic approach to gaining qualification points for the world championships. This sees them focus on certain races at certain world cups. Several of the endurance riders currently training in Perth will travel to the Moscow world cup in mid December, while the young riders from the Olympic Academy will contest the Los Angeles world cup in January.

The strongest British team will ride at the Manchester world cup from February 23 - 25th.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

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Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel