Victoria Pendleton CBE is Great Britain’s most successful female cyclist of all time and one of the highest profile sports women in the country. Her incredible sporting achievements have secured her place in the nation’s consciousness along with her feminine and glamorous image!
In 2001 and 2002 Victoria competed at the European Championships and later that season at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Unfortunately the Athens Games came too soon for Victoria and so disappointed with her performance she considered quitting the sport. Persuaded to continue cycling by British Cycling sports psychologist Dr Steve Peters, Victoria stayed on the programme, living and training in Manchester with the rest of the elite Great Britain Track Team.
The persistence paid off the following year when Victoria won her first World Champions rainbow jersey at the 2005 World Championships in the individual sprint. That first rainbow jersey set her on the path to greatness and she went on to win a total of 9 World titles. In the best form of her life and full of confidence Victoria went to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with just one opportunity to win Olympic Gold – which she did in great style. The next four year Olympic cycle proved extremely challenging for many reasons, on and off the bike, but in 2012 Victoria regained her World title in the individual sprint then demonstrated her class and strength of character once again at the London 2012 Olympic Games winning Gold (Keirin) and silver (individual sprint) to end her competitive career in style!
Victoria is also well known for being an extremely eloquent and intelligent sportswoman who is as comfortable in a corporate environment and with the media as she is on her bike. She is very experienced working with sponsors and brands and has a reputation for being the ultimate professional in everything she does.