By Ben Abrahams
The one kilometre time trial may have been scrapped from the 2008 Beijing Olympics but that isnt stopping current Olympic and world champion Chris Hoy from planning an attempt at the world record in Bolivia next year.
Speaking to Cyclingnews at the recent Track World Cup in Sydney, Hoy acknowledged that plans for the record were still being finalised: "At this early stage were just trying to get the funding in place so itll probably be mid-May but theres so many things to sort out. Im just trying to let my management team sort it out and Ill focus on the training part."
The high-altitude Velodromo Alto Irpavi near Bolivias capital, La Paz, has been the setting for numerous records including Arnaud Tournants current world best of 58.875 seconds set in October 2001.
Hoy, whose Olympic record of 1.00.711 is the fastest time ever at sea level, believes that if he can recapture his blistering Athens form, then breaking the record is a definite possibility. "All I can really gauge it on is Arnauds performances before he broke the world record. He was doing 1.01s at sea level beforehand which I can do as well. But because the tracks on a different level altogether its very hard to make comparisons," he said.
"All I know is that if Im going to break it anywhere then thats the place to do it," added Hoy. "So all I can do really is try and get myself in the same shape or better than I was in Athens and step up there and just give it everything."
Look out for a full feature on this story later in the week.