Hoy set to announce retirement
Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is to hold a media conference in Edinburgh on Thursday where he is expected to announce his retirement.
Hoy, who was 37 last month, has spent the period post-London 2012 deliberating over his future, with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow a major carrot.
The Scot will be 38 by the time competition commences at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Privately figures in British Cycling have known for some time that Hoy, who won his first Olympic gold in Athens in 2004, is preparing to retire after four Olympic Games and a British record six gold medals, including two in the capital last August and three in Beijing in 2008.
Hoy has already prepared for life beyond competitive action and late last year announced he would be releasing a brand of bicycles bearing his name.
It is not just in the Olympics where Hoy has triumphed, but his success in that arena propelled him to super-stardom.
He has 10 world titles to his name, the first coming in 2002, when he also won Commonwealth gold, in Manchester.
Hoy added the Olympic title when he won the one-kilometre time-trial title in Greece nine years ago, succeeding fellow Briton Jason Queally as champion.
The event was removed from the Games programme soon afterwards, though, and Hoy had to reinvent himself.
He did so with aplomb, winning sprint, Keirin and team sprint titles at the 2008 Olympics.
The hat-trick saw Hoy become the first Briton in 100 years - since swimmer Henry Taylor in 1908 - to win three gold medals at one Games and saw him become the most successful British cyclist of all time.
He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year and knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours.
Hoy was not selected to defend his sprint title at London 2012 as regulation changes meant only one rider per nation could compete.
Jason Kenny - considered Hoy's heir apparent - won gold and combined with the Scot and Philip Hindes to win team sprint gold.
Hoy raced on the final day of the London 2012 track programme, winning the Keirin to take his sixth Olympic gold.
That saw him overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as the Briton with the most gold medals and the rower was in the velodrome to witness Hoy's ride and warmly congratulated him afterwards.
Hoy, a passionate Scot and Briton, was at November's Track World Cup meeting in Glasgow as a spectator and spoke of his desire to ride on until the Commonwealth Games.
Desire was not the issue, he said, it was down to his body.
Now, after a period of relaxation and time away from the bike, Hoy is set to announce his decision at Murrayfield Stadium later this week.