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Sir Chris Hoy to race in Le Mans 24 hour race

Sir Chris Hoy is moving to four wheels. Credit: PA

Six-time Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy will fulfil a lifelong dream by competing in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June.

The 40-year-old, Britain's most successful Olympian after retiring following two gold medals in the velodrome at London 2012, will compete in the prestigious race, which was first run in 1923 and takes place overnight from June 18 to 19.

Hoy will drive a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis at Le Mans' Circuit de la Sarthe, in the second tier of racing, with two team-mates.

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Hoy had 'memorable moments' in Commonwealths

Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy told ITV News the Commonwealth Games holds "some of the most memorable moments" in his career as the Glasgow 2014 baton started its trip around the world.

The retired cyclist said he wanted to compete in the 2014 Games in front of his home crowd but "eventually the body gives up".

He added: "For me, some of the most memorable moments in my career came at a Commonwealth Games, my first ever individual gold medal came in 2002 in Manchester and I also won a gold medal in Melbourne in 2006 and these were real highlights of my career."

Hoy's 'body made decision' not to compete in Glasgow

Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy told ITV News his "body made the decision" not to compete in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Sir Chris Hoy talking to ITV News' Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart. Credit: ITV News

Sir Chris added that he had "mixed feelings" about not taking part but looked forward to enjoying it as a spectator.

Sir Chris Hoy carries the Commonwealth Games baton along The Mall. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Hoy carries Commonwealth Games baton to Palace

Sir Chris Hoy has made a triumphant journey to Buckingham Palace carrying the Commonwealth Games baton ahead of the start of the sporting event's global relay.

Sir Chris Hoy carries the Commonwealth Games baton down The Mall. Credit: PA Wire

Britain's most successful Olympian was given the honour of processing the symbol of Glasgow 2014 down The Mall before the Queen launches the baton on its epic trip.

Britain's most successful Olympian was given the honour of processing the symbol of Glasgow 2014 to Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA Wire

The cyclist, who has retired from competitive racing after winning a clutch of Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles, was joined by the Pipes and Drums 1st Battalion Scots Guards and the Pipes and Drums 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Royal Scots Borderers).

Hoy hangs out with the kids at Glasgow games event

Sir Chris Hoy hung out with young fans at an event in Glasgow to mark the one-year countdown to the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Morgan Binnie, 13, and Matthew Running, 12, have a go at beating Sir Chris Hoy's race times. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Sir Chris has breakfast with Jessica Provan, 8, and Shaun Redgrave, 13. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Commonwealth Games ticketing guide launched

Sir Chris Hoy has helped launch the official ticketing guide for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as the one year countdown to the sporting event begins.

One million tickets will go on sale on August 19.

Sir Chris Hoy launches the guide with athletes (l-r) Jade Nimmo, Colin Gregor and Susan Egelstaff. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Sir Chris signs copies of the ticketing guide in Glasgow.
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