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Nine time World Champion and double Olympic Gold medalist Victoria Pendleton visited the Oakley store in Covent Garden for an exclusive Q&A session with lucky fans. Hear her talk about getting into track cycling, her training exercises and her favorite tunes.

Seen on Milano Fixed.
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The final ride for Great Britain’s Queen of the Sprints, Victoria Pendleton. I think everyone was hoping for a rematch of the 2008 Olympics when Victoria Pendleton beat Australienne Anna Meares for the Gold. The two rivals met earlier this year at the World Championship Sprint finals in Melbourne where Pendleton proved to be the stronger rider. Now it’s time for one last race before Pendleton’s retirement from the track.

At the end of the three-day tournament, Meares and Pendleton found themselves matched up against each other for the Gold once again. The first two win two out of three heats is declared victorious. The first heat was almost too close to call. According to the photo finish, Pendleton beat Meares by .001 seconds. However she was relegated for coming out of the pole lane during the final sprint.

The second heat started with Meares up by one though she had to start in the front — a disadvantage in Match Sprinting. Pendleton followed Meares up and down the track for the first three quartes of a lap as they played classic the cat and mouse game. Coming out of turn four, Meares moved high up the track and trackstanded to force a pass. Pendleton couldn’t stay behind her opponent and moved to the front. This is where she lost the Gold medal and it seems she knew it.

Pendleton took a gap in front of Meares and tried to lead out the sprint going into the bell lap, but it looked half-hearted. Meares overtook Pendleton with ease on the back straight and won the Gold medal by several bike lengths. During the medal ceremony, Victoria Pendleton bid a tearful farewell to the sold out crowd at the London Olympic Velodrome.

GOLD — Australia (Anna Meares)
SILVER — Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton)
BRONZE — China (Shuang Guo)

See the full results HERE. Watch the final heat at NBC Olympics. Photos courtesy of
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Great Britain’s sprinting queen, Victoria Pendleton was able to reverse her bad luck from the first day of track racing and come out on top. Surprisingly, her main rival and current World Champion Anna Meares didn’t even medal. Rest assured, they will meet again in the women’s Sprint.

GOLD — Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton)
SILVER — China (Shuang Guo)
BRONZE — Hong Kong (Wai Sze Lee)

Full results available HERE. Photos courtesy of NBC Olympics.
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I usually find the first day of any international track meet to be kind of boring but today was definitely an exception at the London Olympic velodrome. We saw lots of records falling, tons of drama, upsets and of course some of the fastest track riding ever.

In the qualifying round, Great Britain’s team of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new World Record at 32.526 seconds (the previous record of 32.549 seconds was set by Germany at World Champs earlier this year). A couple heats later and China’s team of Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo broke the new World Record at a blistering 32.447 seconds.

The top eight teams advanced to the first round and that’s where things started to get dramatic. Shockingly, British favorites Pendleton and Varnish were disqualified from the tournament because Pendleton’s bike overlapped Varnish’s prematurely. Of course the commissaries’ decision to disqualify Great Britain was not taken well by the crowd in the sold-out London Olympic Velodrome. In the next heat, China’s Gong and Guo once again raised the bar by a few thousandths of a second and set the new World Record at 32.442 seconds.

Advancing to the final round was Australia and Ukraine in the race for Bronze and China and Germany in the race for Gold. The Australiennes Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch won the Bronze medal while China beat Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte only to get relegated for an exchange violation. The commissaries knocked China down to Silver and Germany took Gold. So with World Records tumbling and some bad luck for a couple teams, here are the Women’s Team Sprint medals:

GOLD - Germany (Kristina Vogel / Miriam Welte)
SILVER - China (Jinjie Gong / Shuang Guo)
BRONZE - Australia (Anna Meares / Kaarle McCulloch)

Full results are HERE. Photos courtesy of


Found this to be pretty cool. Vicky Pendleton drops basic strategies on how to win a Match Sprint. Definitely worth a watch even if it’s not exactly something anyone can cover in a 3-minute video — at the Intro To Track Racing class, we’ll spend a 3-hour session on Match Sprints and still just scratch the surface.


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Great Britain’s “Queen Of The Velodrome” chats about her rivalry with Anna Meares, going green and the future of track cycling.

Check out Victoria Pendleton's weekly training regimen outlined on The Daily Mail.

Found on Tracko.

Check out Victoria Pendleton's weekly training regimen outlined on The Daily Mail.

Found on Tracko.


Check out Victoria Pendleton's weekly training regimen outlined on The Daily Mail.

Found on Tracko.

Victoria Pendleton and her toasty new advert for Hovis Bread.

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