Victoria started cycling about the same time as she started to walk, as a result of her father being a keen cyclist. She started grass track racing with her twin brother Alex at the age of nine, as a hobby in the summer months.
She was talent spotted at the age of sixteen, by the assistant national track team coach at the time, Marshall Thomas. However despite his efforts to encourage her to train, she decided to concentrate on my education for the time being. While she was studying at University, 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 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 where she was trained by Frederic Magné, a seven times World Champion for France. She currently lives and train in Manchester with the rest of the elite Great Britain Track Team following her Olympic success in Beijing.
"Lovely girl for whom nothing was too much trouble...she was happy chatting to everyone and showing off her medal...really pleased with the day, we couldn't have asked for more" ContiTech Beattie on Victoria Pendleton