Hoy keeping options open
Sir Chris Hoy will be a notable absentee from competition at this weekend's Track World Cup in Glasgow.
After taking his tally to a British record six Olympic golds with a double success in London, Hoy, who will be 37 in March, is taking time out to reflect on his performances and consider his future.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, offer the chance for a final flourish for the Edinburgh-born multiple world and Olympic champion, should he choose to continue competing.
For now, Hoy, when other engagements allow, is riding on the Manchester Velodrome track, working in the gym and riding on the road and he will be in attendance on Sunday's final day of competition in Glasgow as a spectator.
British Cycling sprint coach Iain Dyer said: "Chris said his three-hour track session is the highlight of his week, in and amongst all the other commercial commitments and the engagements he's got right now.
"He's doing the Rotterdam Six Day in January and he's definitely keeping his hand in. The breathing space that he's giving himself right now is giving him the opportunity to enjoy what he's doing.
"He'll be mentally logging every turn of the pedals and attaching some significance to that: could he do this for another year? Will his body hold out for another year?
"It's possible, but it's dependent on his mind. If the drive is there, physically he can."
Hoy, who is to join the sprint squad for a month's training camp in Australia in December, can be reliant on straight answers from his coaches should he require an honest opinion of whether to continue riding and the current sessions are as much about enjoyment as keeping his options open.
"He loves it," spring coach Jan van Eijden said. "He's doing the right thing. If he's really thinking of Glasgow the approach he's taking at the moment is absolutely the right approach."
Two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy is to take Hoy's place in the team sprint this weekend, lining up on Friday alongside the Scotsman's team-mates from London, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes.