London 2012 Olympics: Chris Hoy will ride in Revolution Manchester event ahead of Track World Cup

Hoy gets back in the saddle with first event of Olympic year

Sir Chris Hoy will take part in his first competition of the Olympic year when he rides in the Revolution event in Manchester on January 28.

Hoy, who won three Olympic titles in Beijing in 2008, will step up preparations for February's Track World Cup in London – a competition which doubles as the Olympic test event – and April's Track Cycling World Championship's in Melbourne.

'The Revolution will be a good
opportunity to race and test our form a few weeks ahead of the London
World Cup,' the 35-year-old Scot said.

'We've been out in Perth in Australia on
a long training camp and it is always good to get back to racing and
see how the hard work has paid off.

In gear: Sir Chris Hoy is getting ready for a big year

In gear: Sir Chris Hoy is getting ready for a big year

Gold: Hoy enjoyed a very successful 2008 Olympics

Gold: Hoy enjoyed a very successful 2008 Olympics

'Revolution is a special event with a fantastic home crowd so we always want to perform at our best.

'There's a strong sprint line-up and I'm looking forward to the challenge.'

Hoy
will compete against British team-mates Matt Crampton, Ross Edgar and
Jason Kenny, who was last week crowned world champion after France's
Gregory Bauge was stripped of his title.

Bauge's
compatriots Mickael Bourgain, Michael D'Almeida and Quentin Lafargue
will also be riding at Revolution, as will young Britons David Daniell,
Pete Mitchell and Philip Hindes.