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Hoy and Kenny may race together

Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny plan to renew their rivalry in 2014.

Six-time Olympic champion Hoy is now retired and is not planning a comeback in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where racing will take place in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

Instead, he hopes to take to take to a different circuit with Kenny, the three-time Olympic champion and his natural heir in the British Cycling team, who also shares his passion for motorsport.

"We raced together this year but that was a one-off," Hoy said.

"We might do one race together where we're sharing the driving where we could just do an hour each. That would be fun. We could compare lap times then."

Hoy was denied a defence of his Olympic sprint title at London 2012 by the one-rider-per-nation rule, with Kenny selected in his place and delivering gold as the Scot won the Keirin before ending his career last April.

Far from revelling in his status as Britain's most successful Olympian, Hoy, who no longer has excuses for rest days, is working harder than ever with his own range of bicycles.

He still finds time to fulfil his need for speed and will compete in the British GT Series with Nissan, having driven in the Radical SR1 Cup series last year. He finished, unusually, off the podium in fourth.

His passion for two wheels remains, though, and it is something which brought him to Cali as an unpaid mentor of the British team, or 'Mr Inspirational' as head coach Shane Sutton described him.

When asked his profession on entering Colombia, Hoy hesitated.

"I got asked at customs 'what's your occupation?' I said 'ex-cyclist' then thought, 'that's not an occupation'," he said.

"I write 'company director' (on forms)."

The 11-time world champion's role this week has been as a "neutral sounding board" for the riders. Like being a counsellor?

"In many ways it is," he said. "It's nice to have someone who is away from that immediate coaching staff.

"I loved seeing people who understood the situation. I could just chat to Jamie (Staff, following the Beijing gold medal winner's retirement); it was a vent if things weren't going that well.

"If you can switch off for half an hour and not talk about cycling that can help, too.

"I love being with the team and if I can give any just bits of information or just a chat at any time, that's what I'm here to do."

Indeed, Hoy can enjoy the racing more in Colombia than in the United Kingdom, where demands are constantly made of him, by event organisers, sponsors, dignitaries, fans and the media.

And, unlike some former athletes who want to be as far removed from their previous careers as possible, Hoy's enthusiasm is such that he hopes for further involvement with the British team.

"I've spent so long doing this, and I love it so much, I don't want to walk away from it," Hoy said.

"It's as much a selfish thing, I enjoy being here, and, if I can bring something to the team then that's brilliant.

"I couldn't commit to any full-time role, but it's not a one-off.

"I'd like to offer my services for any race I can make, whether it's World Cups or World Championships, even out on a training camp.

"Anywhere it's nice and sunny, I'd happily come out to Majorca and do a few miles with the guys, or out to Perth, even."

Despite not being able to get enough of racing, Hoy is not hankering for more and knows he was right to call time on his long and distinguished career prior to the Commonwealth Games, after a spell of post-London deliberation.

"I feel really content that my career's over," Hoy said.

"I'm really just happy, that I can come back and genuinely enjoy it as a fan."

Hoy feels fulfilled - and busy - but the 'company director' role allows him to spend more time with wife Sarra, a solicitor, than he did previously as she is now working alongside him.

"It's great, it's about finding a balance and easing in to a lifestyle of what you want to do," he said.

"You've got to make money, you've got to pay the bills, but you've also got to enjoy what you do."

On Sunday, Hoy returns to the UK for his day job: a Monday meeting in Loughborough and a bike show in Manchester on Tuesday.

Hoy added: "There's something every day. I've got colour-coded dots in my diary. You open it and there's stuff everywhere."