CHRIS Hoy's two gold medals secured him a place in the history books.
And capturing the tears and cheers at the velodrome was one of the highlights of Evening Times' photographer Nick Ponty's Olympic experience.
He said: "Cycling was really difficult to photograph because they are going at around 70 or 80 miles per hour around the track and you are trying to focus on these guys.
"Chris Hoy at the velodrome was a highlight of the whole Olympics and being able to achieve that and capture that moment and everything he has won, was amazing."
The 32-year-old described thousands of people with Union Jacks lining the streets on the road cycle race on day one.
And in the men's individual time trial, the star of the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins, stormed to victory on the Hampton Court Palace course, two places ahead of team mate Chris Froome, who bagged bronze.
Nick also caught the Brownlee brothers' elation as they crossed the finish line having both won medals. Alistair won gold while Jonny bagged bronze despite a 15-second penalty.