I was lucky enough to be selected to ride a loop of Box Hill with the one and only Sir Chris Hoy to help promote his new HOY bikes range.

The event was organised by Evans Cycles and started early on a weekday. I was planning on doing a long Surrey hills loop before meeting him but a windy day left me precious little time to get to the debrief – at the top of Box Hill!

So, after relaxed introduction from the man himself, we were divided into small groups based on ability and off we rode. Sir Chris went in the first group and slowly dropped back ensuring he was able to spend time with all of us.

The first thing that strikes you about Sir Chris Hoy is his calm and commanding demeanour. Quiet confidence surrounds every move – on and off the bike – and he comes across as such a genuine gentleman. Pure class.

Rising beside Sir Chris Hoy was quite surreal and we discussed training, recovery and general chit-chat before he moved back to the next group.

After the ride, he stuck around for tea and cake at the top of Box Hill. It was at this point that I realized just how massive his thighs were! Crazy.

Thanks to Evans Cycles and Chris for a great morning.

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