We caught up with Team GB Olympic Cyclist, Victoria Pendleton to reveal all from her training routine to her hero beauty products…
She’s the Olympian we’re keeping a close eye on here at feelunique.com. Not only is she an admirably hard training cyclist, she also stands for breaking the mould when it comes to a stereotypical female cyclist’s appearance. She takes pride in her passion for makeup, styles her long brown hair whenever she can and even slips on her favourite pair of stilettos now and then.
You will have probably guessed by now that we’re talking about Olympic Cyclist, Victoria Pendleton.
We caught up exclusively with Victoria to find out everything from her beauty bag staples to which GB Olympian we should be following this year.
We can imagine that training for the Olympics must be pretty intense! Can you give us an insight into a typical week of being an Olympian?
“24 hours a week of training plus all the pilates, physio, massage, team meetings, sport psychologist sessions. It leaves very little time for anything else.”
How do you like to relax after a hard training session?
“I’ve got two beautiful Doberman’s so I love to relax by taking them for a walk with my fiancé.”
What you listen to when you are training in the gym?
“The Prodigy is really great for in the gym. I once mentioned that I had listened to their music before my Olympic final and they sent me a signed disc because they had watched me win the gold medal.”
Which GB Olympics competitor should we be keeping our eye on this July?
“Laura Trott. She’s such a great talent as she proved at the recent World Championships and she could do the same at the Olympics.”
What’s been the highlight or your career?
“Winning my Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Games. It was the only event I could enter and it was right at the end of the track cycling competition so I’d already had to sit through all the other GB riders winning everything so the pressure was on to continue that success!”
If I wasn’t an Olympic cyclist, I would be…
“Probably a personal trainer…”
What is your first cycling memory?
“As children we spent lots of weekends watching my dad grass track racing which I remember very well. We then started to race on grass tracks when I was about 9.”
“How did your cycling career kick off and when did you know that cycling was your ambition?”
“I was talent spotted by a British Cycling coach at 16 but I continued with my education and went to university until taking it seriously and I only really knew I wanted it to be my career when I became World Champion in 2005!”
Who are you inspired by?
“Watching Jason Queally win gold at the Sydney 200 Games inspired me to get serious about the sport and I also think that our sports scientist Dr Steve Peters is a really inspirational person. He has helped me achieve my potential and I honestly don’t believe I would have done without him.”
BEYOND THE TRACK…
Your ultimate beauty bag staple?
“Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream”
What is your guilty pleasure?
“Chocolate …I love it. But everything in moderation!”
Who is your favourite music artist?
“Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. I had the pleasure to meet him once and he was such a cool guy.”
What motto do you live by?
“Don’t be confined to other people’s stereotypes”.
The best things in life are…
“Your loved one.”