Cycling: You can keep your hi-tech helmets. For Chris Hoy, the thighs have it
The Olympic legend is set to retire on Thursday. Here is his cycling career tracked by the size of his monolithic thighs.
The BMX years – 1984-early 90s
Thighs: Scrawny and teenage, yet still strong enough to fell a tree
Medals: Silver – team sprint
Thighs: Getting there. Imagine a Brontomerus leaving adolescence.
Medals: Gold – 1km track time trial
Thighs: Increasingly log-like. Not quite in The Wrong Trousers territory yet.
Medals: Gold – team sprint, keirin, sprint
Thighs: Peak thigh – bulbous, elephantine Doric columns of power.
Medals: Gold – team sprint, keirin
Thighs: Like a decommissioned anti-aircraft gun, still fatally powerful.
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