Victoria Pendleton loves getting dressed up for fashion photoshoots â and, in some cases, undressed.
But under the soft-focus, Home ÂCounties girl-next-door image, she is hard as nails. And she has the nail varnish to prove it.
Vic is the Olympic sprint champion who picked herself up from a 40mph
crash to win her ninth world Âchampionship cycling gold medal on the
And, as she modelled a grass skirt
made entirely of blue electrical flex, Pendleton promised to turn the
cables again on Aussie arch-rival Anna Meares at London 2012.
to put too fine a point on it, Pendleton and Meares are not close pals.
In the pin-up stakes, you can decide which oneâs the broomstick and
which oneâs the lipstick.
if Meares, or any of Pendletonâs rivals in the Olympic Parkâs âPringleâ
velodrome, think sheâs all handbags and glad rags, they are
underestimating her inner steel.
this week, she triumphantly tweeted of a personal best deadlift in her
âlast-everâ weights session and, if anything, the dramatic smash at the
world championships in Australia three months ago has only Âtoughened
her up even more.
31, said: âWhen you crash at that speed, you donât have a chance to
think about the consequences of hitting the floor or counting your ribs
afterwards. And, in Melbourne, it was a case of dusting myself down and
thinking, âItâs only a scratch, get on with itâ.
âI was lucky that I didnât break anything but I really didnât think it was a big deal to get back on the bike and win.
only crashed three or four times like that, and two were not my fault
as I was definitely âhookedâ by another rider. But overall, Iâve been
âHaving said that, I
would not Ârecommend crashing in a world Âchampionship semi-final
against Anna Meares on her home track â but I can highly recommend
beating her and reducing the Aussies to virtual silence.
had been a few snide comments in the Aussie Press that I should spend
less time doing photoshoots and more time on the bike, if I wanted to
go faster than Anna, so to beat her in her own back yard was pretty
âYou donât get
much joy back from the hours you put into training, less still from
crashing at 40mph. You need a sense of toughness to keep going.â
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