Iconic british cyclist
Stories from a career at the top of elite sport
Sir Chris Hoy MBE is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes of all time, with six gold medals and one silver.
Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 in the Kilo – an event that was dropped from the programme for Beijing 2008. Chris took this in his stride and switched his focus to three other track sprint events – the Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint. He went on to win a gold medal in all three at the Beijing Olympics, cementing his name in the history books.
Following his historic hat-trick of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list, capping an extraordinary year for the track cyclist from Edinburgh.
In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals – in the Keirin and Team Sprint – becoming Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time with six gold medals and one silver.
Chris retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and his achievements throughout his career make him Scotland’s most successful Olympian, the first Briton since 1908 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and one of the most successful Olympic cyclists of all time.
Following his retirement, Chris remains passionate about bikes and has successfully made the transition into the business world following the launch of his bike range HOY Bikes, cycling accessories and clothing. He has published a series of children’s books – Flying Fergus – and is currently working on a second series.
In June 2016, Chris added to his record list of achievements when he finished the world’s most demanding motorsport endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on his debut.
As a media presenter, he was a key part of the BBC’s commentary and punditry team covering the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Chris is a highly polished and inspirational speaker, perfectly at home both in front of large international conferences and small, intimate gathering.
Drawing on his career at the apex of global elite sport, he vividly describes the challenges he had to face and overcome to be the best in the world.
“Fantastic. In many years in the industry, I have rarely seen a crowd applaud and welcome someone in the way the crowd did. The crowd were engaged, excited and were very opened to asking some great questions.” — Diageo
“Chris was thoroughly professional throughout the process, from planning to delivery. During the Q&A his content was highly engaging and motivational, this captured and maintained high levels of interest from our delegates who all left inspired. Chris was also incredibly patient and personable after the event with the ever growing line of guests waiting for photos!” — Intercontinental Hotel Group
“Chris played a central part in BP’s business receptions during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In his speaking role he generated an extraordinary level of respect and admiration from the audience, describing his incredible story with passion and energy. Chris communicates his perspective on life in an engaging, touching and humorous way; he unquestionably enhanced the Games-time experience of BP’s guests.” — BP
“Sir Chris delivered a speech that was inspiring, motivational and empowering to all who attended whether considered from a business, sporting or personal perspective. His demeanor throughout the event was very humble and engaging resulting in very positive feedback from our staff and customers alike.” — Cameron Flow Technologies
“Big thanks from Visa Europe for the appearance Sir Chris Hoy did for us today. He was truly inspiring!” — Visa Europe
“We can’t tell you how fab he was! He is totally authentic, a thoroughly decent chap who wears his fantastic achievements very lightly, yet so generous to members of the public who want photos and autographs.” — Hearing Dogs
“Sir Chris and his team were brilliant to work with and really delivered value for our client. Chris excelled at everything we asked him to do, from Q&As, to one-on-one conversations with senior business leaders, to filming. And his determination to cycle with each and every guest during our velodrome session made our client’s event really stand out. One of the best ambassadors we’ve worked with.” — Redmandarin
“Feedback on Chris Hoy has been fantastic and our guests couldn’t get enough of him.” — Blackrock
“Your speech was truly inspirational. Through your presence on the night you were able to demonstrate to our delegates that with commitment and determination, anything is possible. Thank you for your commitment to our event and for ensuring your presentation made the lasting impression we had so hoped it would.” — Hoist Finance
“Chris was absolutely stellar, he could barely start speaking for all the applause.” — GE Capital
“Sir Chris was an absolute gentleman and he helped create a huge buzz and sense of excitement at the airport. He had time for all the staff and media and we were chuffed to bits to have him open our new international arrivals area .” — Glasgow Airport
“Chris was a complete pleasure to work with and delivered an inspiring, engaging and thought provoking personal account of his amazing life and achievements. The whole audience were excited to hear from Chris and to have the opportunity to interact with him. It was a huge success.” — A.G. BARR
“Sir Chris Hoy’s inspirational speech regarding his incredible achievements went down a storm with the guests at our 140th anniversary dinner celebration. He was definitely the talking point of the evening with the audience thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to engage with him during the Q&A session after his speech. Sir Chris was fantastic to work with and completely professional throughout.” — CALA Homes (North)