Come along for a chat: Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Rowsell set to visit ‘cycling mecca’ Manchester for bike show

By Josh Nicholls

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is to visit the ‘cycling mecca’ that is Manchester for the Bike and Triathlon show in March to promote his own range of cycles.

Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian of all-time will speak on stage at Manchester Central on Saturday March 8 about his range of city, road, track and children’s bicycles, HOY bikes.

Event manager Colin Gale is delighted at the scheduled appearance of Olympic legend Hoy and believes Manchester is a very apt location for the show.

“Manchester has become something of a cycling mecca, and with cycling and triathlon growing at such a pace we are looking forward to welcoming many visitors over the weekend,” said Gale.

“Sir Chris Hoy, amongst many other talented athletes, is based in Manchester and trained at the National Cycling Centre so we are thrilled to welcome him to the event.”

The show will feature the UK’s only pop-up track cycling event where participants compete against each other on a ‘Street Velodrome’ and Hoy is eagerly anticipating the event.

“I’m really looking forward to showcasing my new range of HOY bikes alongside lots of other great brands,” said Cheshire-based Scot Hoy.

“Admittedly I’m slightly biased, but I hope everyone likes them as much as I do.”

London 2012 gold-medal-winner in the women’s team pursuit, Joanna Rowsell, will also attend the event as an ambassador for Wattbike, who provide indoor training bikes that measure performance over 40 parameters.

“Whether you race the track or road, or just want advice on how to be in the best possible shape for your next sportive then come to the Wattbike stand for a chat,” said three-time world champion Rowsell.

“I’ve been training hard on my Wattbike this winter so have plenty of tips to share on how to get the most out of your training.”

Gale was equally thrilled that Rowsell will be attending the show and spoke with enthusiasm about the rapid growth of women’s cycling.

“Particularly over the last 12 months the female cycle market has been growing at a rapid pace and we have focused on appealing to both men and female cyclists at the show with plenty of features, bikes and clothes aimed specifically at women,” he added.

The event, which also runs on Sunday March 9, will present a smorgasbord of interactive features and the latest products from the worlds of cycling, swimming, triathlon and running for visitors to peruse at their leisure.

To buy tickets for the show and to see a full list of the brands exhibiting at the show visit or follow @bikeandtri and like the Facebook page for the latest show news and announcements.

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