Cycling legend Hoy rises to new two-wheel challenge

Sir Chris Hoy mastered driving a Nissan Juke on two wheels in just two days.

Sir Chris Hoy mastered driving a Nissan Juke on two wheels in just two days. - Credit: Nissan

Anyone who has been watching the progress of our Olympic stars will appreciate how much of their success is down to pure dedication and determination.

And what you also realise is that, even when they have retired from sport, they never lose that competitive streak to succeed in any form of challenge.

Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's most successful Olympian until Rio 2016, has now thrown himself wholeheartedly into being an ambassador for Nissan which is a great supporter of some of Team GB's and ParalympicsGB's stars.

In June, he competed at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, fulfilling a three-year journey with Nissan's Advanced Driver Training Programme, and achieving a personal lifelong ambition, but then it was back to two wheels... with a difference.

He learned to drive a Nissan Juke on two wheels in just two days – a feat that would take most drivers about two months.

He explained 'When I caught the roll and was suddenly driving on two wheels it was such a rush of adrenaline and relief in equal measure – an amazing experience.'

Guided by world-record-breaking stuntman Terry Grant, Hoy spent one day at Silverstone Motor Circuit and another at Kendrew Barracks, learning to drive the specially-modified Juke crossover.

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Driving on two wheels or 'skiing' is a stunt made famous from James Bond films, Knight Rider and the Dukes of Hazzard among others. It requires precision, advanced handling techniques and a good deal of driver instinct.

On the first day, a roll cage was fitted for cabin protection while a specially-engineered stabiliser wheel on the outside prevented the car flipping on to its roof. After being shown the techniques, Hoy tried the challenging stunt and, after several attempts, the former Olympian was beginning to get the hang of it, achieving controlled drives of short distances with just two wheels on the ground.

At the second session, his confidence and consistency improved to the point where Grant was comfortable removing the stabiliser wheel. Despite the added pressure of having nothing to stop the vehicle rolling over, he quickly rose to the challenge, taking the ramp at the correct angle and speed, catching the Juke before it rolled over and then driving balanced on two wheels. In one run he even managed 400 metres on two wheels to huge cheers from the watching team.

Grant said: 'Chris nailed it two for two! Driving on two wheels in two days – most people would take two months to master that. I think it highlights his ability to soak up instruction and apply discipline to something that's both mentally and physically challenging – of which he's got plenty of experience. Operating under pressure and being in control at all times, they're the skills you need for this stunt. To master it in such a short period of time though, I'm really impressed.'

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