Britain’s most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy delighted local primary school students when he visited Edge Hill University on Monday to sign copies of his new illustrated fiction series Flying Fergus.
The series, written in partnership with acclaimed children’s author Joanna Nadin, and illustrated by Clare Elsom is aimed at 5-8 year olds and focuses on Fergus; an ordinary boy aspiring to be a top cyclist with the help of his imagination and his dad’s extraordinary bike.
Sir Chris Hoy said he hopes the books will encourage children to have fun cycling and inspire them to read more.
“Since retiring from professional cycling, I’ve been eager to devote my time, knowledge and experience to encourage and develop the next generation of cyclists.
“By writing Flying Fergus I wanted to combine the imagination of reading with the adventure of cycling to open children’s eyes to the freedom and excitement two wheels can offer with just a little hard work and dedication,” he said.
John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “It was an honour to welcome Sir Chris Hoy to promote Flying Fergus to the children and parents of Lancashire. We wish Sir Chris every success in inspiring the hearts and minds of Britain’s future cycling and Olympic champions.”
Sir Chris Hoy is the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time, with a total of seven Olympic medals: six gold and one silver, as well as 11 World and two Commonwealth titles. At the 2008 Olympics, Hoy became Scotland’s most successful Olympian and the first British athlete to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games since 1908.
Piccadilly Press have published the first two books in the series; The Best Birthday Bike and The Great Cycle Challenge, with further books publishing later in the year, including a non-fiction guide to cycling in October.
Sir Chris will continue writing the stories alongside Joanna Nadin, an award-winning author for children and teenagers, best known for her Rachel Riley series of books. She has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster and has been nominated for the “Queen of Teen” award three times.
For more information about Flying Fergus and the book tour visit www.flyingfergus.co.uk