British track and road cyclist Rob Hayles has announced he is to retire from professional cycling after he has competed in the up and coming national hill-climb championship.
Hayles, 38, from Portsmouth, burst onto the scene in 1993 when he won the national kilometre title and has since gone on to win numerous other events including; Olympic medals in the 2000 and 2004 Games, and claiming many commonwealth titles to name but a few.
He also took the role of rider/manager at the British based Endura squad at the start of the 2010 season. Despite his triumphs however, Hayles has decided it is now time to call it a day. He said: “After nearly 27 years of racing, 19 of those full time, and 16 as a professional, I have had an amazing time. But I feel it’s now time to concentrate on other very exciting things I will be doing in the future.”
Hayles will now close off his riding career at the 2011 national hill-climb championship held on Long Hill near Buxton this Sunday. Olympic hopeful wins two gold medals at European Championships
2012 Olympic hopeful Laura Trott, has scooped two gold medals at the European Championships in the Netherlands. She won individual gold in the omnium and also helped team GB to the top of the podium in the women’s team pursuit. For Trott and Dani King it was their first trip back to Apeldoorn since winning the women’s team pursuit there seven months ago in the World Championships. Unlike last time however, the pair were joined in the team by Jo Roswell, however the outcome was the same.
With a time of three minutes and twenty two seconds, the trio claimed a four second victory over Germany in the final and also took the fastest qualification time on day one. Speaking of her omnium gold success, Trott said: “I set myself up nicely really, coming into my best day in third was pretty good for me. “I rode a perfect devil (elimination race) really. Winning all six events, is that really ever going to happen? So winning three of the six events is pretty good! Laura, who is setting her sights on a place in the Great Britain team for next year’s Olympic Games, said: “I don’t want to count my chickens, but to win at European level is pretty high.”