This pic above coloured most dailies around the country during the Olympics. Hoy clenched his fists in celebration after ousting the surprise package of the Games, Azizul.
Hoy was just about the only real big name not present at the Melbourne World Cup. He's busy preparing to race against a car. He's obviously faster than any tank around.
But Hoy's 30 already. His time at the top is trickling away. That Malaysian behind him in the picture, you must note, has added accolade upon accolade to his profile, the World Cup gold being the latest.
Imagine, just two years ago, he'd won the sprint treble of keirin, 200m sprint and 1km time trial at the Asian Junior Championships. In 2007, he moved up to senior ranks and won the Asian Championships keirin gold medal. This year, he became 200m sprint and keirin Asian champion, while qualifying for his first Olympics and now has gone a step further and won a gold at the World Cup. He just can't stop. That excites me.
By now, if you still don't know who Hoy's replacement as prince of the velodrome is gonna be, ask Azizul.