It always worries me when money, tiltles and awards are used as a measure of sucess. a lot of the time it just means you've been the bigger bastard. (Not in Mr Hoys case though just saying)
I don't think any of these 2 guys got where they are by being bastards, Danny trained hard and got noticed via a non competitive route, worked in a bike shop, rode for a display team then got his flatmate to shoot the video that propelled him to fame. A lot of his success is also due to his flatmates skills on the camera too, but danny's skill is down to years of hard work and dedication.
Chris took a more traditional approach with competition being his driving force - I think the opportunity there for being a bastard would be greater but as you say he's not like that.
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