Sir Chris Hoy has his ID checked to get in to his own velodrome

Sir Chris Hoy, Revolution Series, London, March 2014
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

He may be Britain's most successful Olympian, he may have been the figurehead of Glasgow's opening ceremony, but that doesn't mean Sir Chris Hoy can just walk in to any Commonwealth Games venue he choses.

Even if it's named after him.

One diligent security personel was left a little embarrassed this morning when they asked Sir Chris Hoy for his Games accreditation when walking in to the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.

The story instantly did the rounds, although Hoy was as gracious as ever when tweeting about the situtaion.

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They could have been forgiven for not knowing the venue's name however. As Bradley Wiggins pointed out in a pre-Games interview, all the signage says the Emirates Arena (the name of the whole complex), rather than the Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Hoy had been centre of attention the previous night after delivering the Queens message to Prince Imran of Malaysia. When he struggled to get the top open Hoy stepped in to help and save the day.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) 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 became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.