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Sir Chris Hoy: ‘Every athlete has a story behind them’ – Episode 2 of Back on Track airs April 11

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 7, 2022
Six-time Olympic gold medalist and UCI Track Champions League ambassador Sir Chris Hoy says it’s the stories behind the athletes that make the new Back On Track docuseries so captivating. “There are a lot of exciting names and incredible talents – every athlete has a story behind them.” says the track cycling legend in the show’s second installment – airing Monday, April 11.

Hoy’s comments come as the intensity of the league’s fast-paced format pushes runners’ bodies and minds to their limits at Mallorca in the second episode of Back on Track. Following the first episode of the new breakout series, Monday’s release takes Mallorca viewers to Panevezys’ Cido Arena as the action continues. Off the track, several racer origin stories are unearthed, each different from the last.

The second episode of this five-part series begins with a closer look at the Men’s Endurance category – a battle with no clear favorite, but no shortage of talent. Among the category title contenders is Corbin Strong (New Zealand), who sits in the interview chair for the first time.

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Viewers are also transported to Glasgow to meet two-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Archibald and find out what drives her to succeed. In Mallorca, his fierce battle continues with Dutch veteran Kirsten Wild, with both drivers looking for a strong performance in a dramatic elimination race after disappointing Scratch results.

In the Sprint, close friends and teammates Emma Hinze and Lea Sophie Friedrich navigate the difficulties of competing at the highest level, each feeling the pressure. Meanwhile, women’s sprinter Mathilde Gros talks about her disappointing Olympic campaign and her aspirations for the league. On her way to becoming a professional basketball player, she left everything for a career in track cycling, and a golden dream.

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As the episode draws to a close, we travel to Lithuania for the second round of the league and meet local sporting legend Simona Krupecaitė – a soon-to-retire rider hoping for one last big result in front of the home crowd. .

The second episode of the series will be broadcast on Eurosport App and GCN+ on April 11 (available later on discovery+*).

Back on Track was produced by Discovery Sports Events in partnership with Pap’s.

The second season of the UCI Track Cycling Champions League is scheduled to resume in the fall of 2022.

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