Sir Chris Hoy won his sixth gold medal in the last race of his Olympic career. A typically tough ride in the keirin took him past fellow knight Sir Steven Redgrave to make Hoy the most successful British Olympian of all time.
Hoy had blown away the opposition in the earlier rounds, but he found sterner competition in the final. His 12 years of Olympic experience told in the final straight, where his strength allowed him to hold off the German challenger Maximilian Levy.
"There have been some really difficult moments and to get through them all, after 16 years, it's just one of the greatest feelings I've ever had," Hoy said after the final. "I'm in shock. I'm trying to take it all in, but this is surreal. It is what I always wanted - to win gold in front of my home crowd."
After Beijing, Britain’s uncompromising coaches had suggested that Hoy was in danger of slackening off. He took their words to heart and redoubled his efforts. Hoy said that he would like to bow out in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. "I'm 99.9 per cent sure that I won't be in Rio. Glasgow 2014, if I can keep going that would be the dream ending for me."
As the older generation, led by Hoy, give way, the future of British cycling is obviously bright. The 20 year-old Laura Trott won her second gold of these Games by winning the women’s omnium. She was inspired when Bradley Wiggins let her try on his gold medal several years ago. Now she has two of her own.