British riders Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy have been included in Britain's New Year Honours list, being awarded an OBE and MBE respectively. Both riders were stars of the Athens Olympics, where Wiggins won a gold, silver and bronze medal and Hoy won gold in the kilometre time trial.
"This is a great honour and I am delighted to be recognised in this way," said Hoy on his website, www.chrishoy.com. "It has been a great year for me and for Track Cycling in Britain and this is the icing on the cake. The public recognition is much appreciated and helps with my motivation to strive for even more success in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Thanks to everyone who has helped me on my way. I could not have done it alone."
Hoy is currently back to full time training and is preparing for the World Cup event in Manchester on 7-9 January and then the World Championships in Los Angeles at Easter.