The Cycletta team have persuaded me to take part in one of their fabulous events – and so before I squeeze my voluptuous bottom into some skin tight lycra I thought it would be best if I had a quick chat with World and Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton to get some top pedalling tips before I mount my trusty steed and start eating the flies of West Wiltshire.
Victoria Pendleton was studying at University, when she started to train more constructively for track sprinting. She was hugely inspired by the Olympic gold medal success of Jason Queally, at the Sydney Olympic Games. In 2001 and 2002 she competed at the European Championships and later that season at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She was very fortunate to be sent to the UCI (Union du Cyclisme Internationale) World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland for two seasons in the lead up to the Athens Olympics. She was trained by Frederic Magné, a seven times World Champion for France. She currently lives and trains in Manchester with the rest of the elite Great Britain Track Team. She won her first World Championship title in 2005 in LA and the rest is history, including an Olympic Gold Medal in Bejing 2008.
How do you like to relax after a hard training session?
I’ve got two beautiful Doberman’s so I love to relax by taking them for a walk with my fiancé.
Which GB Olympics competitor should we be keeping our eye on this July?
Laura Trott. She’s such a great talent as she proved at the recent World Championships and she could do the same at the Olympics.
What’s been the highlight or your career?
Winning my Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Games. It was the only event I could enter and it was right at the end of the track cycling competition so I’d already had to sit through all the other GB riders winning everything so the pressure was on to continue that success!
If I wasn’t an Olympic cyclist, I would be…
Probably a personal trainer…..
What is your first cycling memory?
As children we spent lots of weekends watching my dad grass track racing which I remember very well. We then started to race on grass track’s when i was about 9.
How did your cycling career kick off and when did you know that cycling professionally was your goal?
I was talent spotted by a British Cycling coach at 16 but I continued with my education and went to university until taking it seriously and I only really knew I wanted it to be my career when I became World Champion in 2005!
Who are you inspired by?
Watching Jason Queally win gold at the Sydney 200 Games inspired me to get serious about the sport and I also think that our sports scientist Dr Steve Peters is a really inspirational person. He has helped me achieve my potential and I honestly don’t believe I would have done without him.
What makes you feel unique?
Being Olympic Champion! Not too many people can say that so it makes me feel fairly unique!
Your 3 beauty bag staples?
Maxfactor mascara, Elemis pro-collagen marine cream and Lucas Papaw ointment
What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate…..I love it. But everything in moderation!
How do you relax?
When I get the chance I love to relax over a lovely meal with my fiancé.
What motto do you live by?
“Don’t be confined to other people’s stereotypes”.
The best things in life are…
Your loved one.
This is a rough guide to Victoria’s training guide – so you can get a feel of what an Olympic athlete goes through.
24 hours a week of training plus all the pilates, physio, massage, team meetings, sport psychologist sessions. It leaves very little time for anything else.
Who is your favorite music artist?
Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. I had the pleasure to meet him once and he was such a cool guy.
Do you listen to when you are training in the gym?
The Prodigy is really great for in the gym. I once mentioned that I had listened to their music before my Olympic final and they sent me a signed disc because they had watched me win the gold medal.
What sort of songs motivate you?
Really rocky and heavy tunes stir up the emotion and get me up for a competition.
Victoria Pendleton supports Cycletta
I am joining Cycletta in Warwickshire on 23rd September….better get on my bike then and start training!!!
Victoria very kindly supplied me with a training programme. I might have to go for a lie down first!