Bikes? Who needs ’em when you can have a finely-tuned motor doing the legwork for you. Not exactly what Sir Chris Hoy MBE tells us when we door-step him after his stint in a 1964 Mini Cooper S in the St Mary’s Trophy race on Saturday. His engine had just let go after all and he was stranded out on the circuit. “I could have pedalled back to the pits faster,” he says.
But be in no doubt, the legend who is Chris Hoy, six times Olympic champion and 11 times world cycling champion, loves motor racing to bits. And he’s pretty handy at it too.
So here’s FortyOneSix’s four minutes with a true hero. He talks his race, his driving, what he would like to race next, and, yes, there’s a bit about bikes too, including his stint on a vintage bicycle as part of the Revival’s celebration of the 100th Tour de France.