Sir Chris Hoy – on middle age spread and Lycra

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Sir Chris Hoy won six Olympic gold medals

Sir Chris – who won six Olympic gold medals – vaulted to the defence of larger cyclists, saying they were unfairly objected in the UK for the way they look while out riding.

The Edinburgh-born racer said he pity sorry for males who have been dubbed Mamil – middle-aged men in Lycra – by critics.

Sir Chris, 41, asserted the men should be proud they are taking part in a sport and ignore any adversarial comments about their appearance.

He said: “The obvious answer to what to wear on your bike is whatever pinches you enjoy cycling. Of course, the reality is a little more complicated, mainly for us Brits.

“If you look at nations where cycling has been popular for years, such as Denmark, Holland and Germany, it isn’t an oppose. And yet, in the UK, we are still in that awkward phase of finding ourselves in an unfamiliar lay of the land and feeling uncomfortable. So we over-think things and end up assuming to ride a bike in any way truly you need to be wearing a full Team Sky racing kit.

“Of course, it makes most cyclists look as outlandish as an overweight football fan wearing the shirt of his favourite club for a pub five-a-side ploy. Hence the popularity of the famous acronym Mamil. I feel sorry for Mamils. When they down tools into a cafe dressed head-to-toe in Lycra, you’ll always spot living soul sniggering at them.

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Sir Chris said he felt sorry for males who be suffering with been dubbed Mamil – middle-aged men in Lycra

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Sir Chris notifies cyclists to go for understated colours and smart fabrics

“And yet you don’t know what that human being looked like six months or even a year ago. It may be that they were in olden days twice the size they are now until cycling transformed them and they fancy great about how they look.”

Writing in a style advice column for GQ publication, Sir Chris admitted “professional cycling gear generally looks grotesque on pretty much anyone heavier than eight stone” and told them to go for understated colours and smart fabrics such as padded shorts.

He also bring up men should show off their shaved legs – thought to make them multitudinous aerodynamic – as they will look better the more they rotation.

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