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Images © David Robinson - National Portrait Gallery/Road to 2012
Photographed by Bettina von Zwehl
7 July 2010, Wilmslow, Manchester
Victoria Pendleton was encouraged to cycle by her father, a national grass-track cycling champion. After graduating she became a full-time track cyclist. Pendleton was selected to ride for Team GB in Athens 2004. At Beijing 2008 Pendleton won a gold medal in the individual sprint event and in 2010 won the individual title at the World Track Cycling Championships for the fifth time. She will defend her title at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
‘As a kid I always wanted to be really good at something. I needed to almost validate my worth. I always enjoyed sport, and my dad was successful and competitive. That’s what I wanted to emulate. Cycling was an avenue.’
© Bettina von Zwehl/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012