Arise, Sir Chris Hoy
Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy rattled off just one more gong for his now-groaning mantelpiece when the 32-year-old Edinburgh born cyclist was awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year honours List.
And it’s not just Hoy who has been honoured; 18 of Hoy’s fellow British athletes, who also won medals in cycling during the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have received recognition of their achievements.
Bradley Wiggins, a double gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, and David Brailsford, British Cycling Performance Director, have both been made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
"It’s incredible and I’m absolutely delighted," said Hoy. “I still can’t quite believe it to be honest. To be given a Knighthood is an enormous honour and it means so much to me and also to my family. I was stunned when I first found out and the news is still sinking in. I’m not sure if I will ever get used to people calling me Sir Chris!"
Brailsford added: "I’m so proud of what everyone in the GB Team has achieved and it is such a privilege to be honoured in this way. 2009 marks 50 years since British Cycling was established and this is a remarkable way to start the organisation’s Golden Anniversary year."
The full list of honours
Chris Hoy - Sir (KBE) Bradley Wiggins - CBE Victoria Pendleton - MBE Rebecca Romero - MBE Jason Kenny- MBE Jamie Staff - MBE Ed Clancy - MBE Paul Manning - MBE Nicole Cooke - MBE Geraint Thomas - MBE
Darren Kenny - OBE Sarah Storey - OBE Aileen McGlynn - OBE Jody Cundy - MBE Barney Storey - MBE David Stone - MBE Anthony Kappes - MBE Mark Bristow - MBE Simon Richardson - MBE
David Brailsford - CBE