Victoria Louise Pendleton MBE
, 24 September 1980) is a British Olympic and world champion track cyclist
. Her father, Max, was also a British national grass-track cycling champion.
Pendleton rode her first race, a 400m event on the grass track
at nine. Pendleton showed her promise at 13 and was spotted three years later by the assistant national track coach, Marshal Thomas. At that time she wanted to concentrate on her education, graduating from Fearnhill School
in Letchworth Garden City
, and later awarded a degree in Sport and Exercise Science by Northumbria University
, Newcastle upon Tyne
. She enjoyed some success on the track as a student before graduating and becoming a full-time cyclist.
Success on the track
Pendleton won one bronze and three silver medals in the British National Track Championships
in 2001, while still a student. In 2002, she qualified for the England Commonwealth Games
team, finishing fourth in the sprint. She again came fourth in the sprint at the 2003 world championships in Stuttgart and the 2004 World Championships in Melbourne. She ranked 2nd overall in the World Cup for the sprint in 2004, winning the World Cup event in Manchester.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics
, she finished sixth in the time trial
and ninth in the women's 200m sprint
At the 2005 World Championships, Pendleton won her first major medal with gold in the women's... Read More