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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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!


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