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Victoria Pendleton's Biography

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Victoria Pendleton was born on 24th September 1980 in Hitchin.

She was educated at St Mary's Primary School, Etonbury Middle School, and Fearnhill School, before graduating from the University of Northumbria in Sports and Exercise Science.

After University she started to focus on her cycling and went to the UCI (Union du Cyclisme Internationale) World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland for two seasons, where she was trained by Frederic Magné.

Victoria Pendleton won her first World Championship title in 2005. It was the first of many.

Victoria Pendleton has represented Great Britain and England in track cycling, and won gold in the sprint in the Olympic Games in Beijing. Four years later she won a gold medal in the keirin in the London Olympics, where she also gained a silver in the sprint, narrowly losing out to her great rival Anna Meares.

After the London Olympics, Victoria Pendleton retired from competitive cycling.

She was appointed an MBE in 2009.

In 2012, she released an autobiography, Between the Lines.

In the same year, Victoria Pendleton was paired with Brendan Cole. They were the seventh couple to be voted off.

On 18 March 2016, Victoria Pendleton surprised many when, after training for less than a year, she came fifth on Pacha Du Polder at Cheltenham in the Foxhunter Chase.

In 2018, she and her husband, the Team GB cycling coach Scott Gardner, got divorced.

In 2020, along with the likes of Fleur EastCraig CharlesJodie Kidd, and Adam Thomas, she was one of the celebrities on ITV's Don't Rock The Boat.

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