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."
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 added that he had "mixed feelings" about not taking part but looked forward to enjoying it as a spectator.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
As an ambassador for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sir Chris Hoy will today kick-start the one year to go countdown.
Speaking to Daybreak about his role, he said it was a "very exciting time" and he is "proud" to be involved.
Sir Chris also described his visit to the velodrome named in his honour as "surreal".
The One Year to Go milestone is being marked with a series of images capturing a giant number one figure positioned at some of Scotland's best known spots.
With 365 days to go, almost all the sporting venues are already completed and open to the public, and Glasgow city officials say they are pleased with the pace of progress.
History has already been made in Glasgow with the largest peacetime recruitment and regeneration project in Scotland.
The construction of world-class sporting venues, new infrastructure and a multimillion-pound economic boost are some of the benefits that have come the city's way.