Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton

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Updated On February 21, 2022

Victoria Pendleton is a British jockey as well as a former track cyclist. Victoria Pendleton is also a former Olympic, European, and Commonwealth champion and has achieved two golds and one silver in the Olympics making her one of the most successful Olympians in British history.

Early life and Childhood

Victoria Pendleton is currently 40 years old. She was born on September 24, 1980, in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England. Her father’s name is  Max Pendleton who was a former British National 8 km grass track cycling champion. And her mother’s name is  Pauline M. Viney. Victoria. He grew up with an older sister Nicola Jane. However, she holds British nationality and ethnicity is still unknown.

Reflecting on Victoria’s educational history, she attended  Fernhill School in Letchworth Garden City. After that, she graduated in Sport and Exercise Science from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Professional life

Victoria competed in the British National Track Championship for the first time in 2001. Peculiarly, she won three silver and one bronze medal. Further, she joined the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, where she trained till 2004.

Likewise, in 2002 Commonwealth Games, she became fourth. Then, she won the World Cup event in Manchester and positioned 2nd overall for the sprint. She also won her first gold medal in 2005, during the UCI Track Cycling World Championship. However, this victory led her to become the third British woman to win the world cycling in 40 years.

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Caption: Victoria Pendleton (Source: Olympic Speakers)

Later, Victoria declared her dreams of becoming a jockey in 2002. Then, she made her debut entry in Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Rider’s Handicap at Rippon. Also, she handled to finish in second place. On 2 March 2016, she lastly won the race at Wincanton. Likewise,  she participated in her dream competition ‘Foxhunter Chase’ at Cheltenham and managed to finish fifth in 18 March 2016.

Besides sports, she has also been featured on the cover of FHM in the July 2009 issue. In addition, she also featured in Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 2012. Later, she also became the brand ambassador for Pantene hair-care.

Furthermore, she published her autobiography titled ‘Between the Lines‘ before her retirement in September 2012.

Horse racing

In March 2015, she made an announcement for an intention to become a jockey with the goal of competing at the Foxhunter Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. She made a debut competition in August 2015, accomplishing second in the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Riders’ Handicap at Ripon riding Royal Etiquette. She has also gained her first race on 2 March 2016, guiding 5–4 favourite Pacha Du Polder to victory at Wincanton.

On 18 March 2016, she made an achievement her ambition of competing in the 2016 Foxhunter Chase, at Cheltenham, exceeding several pundits’ expectations by finishing fifth. She characterized the result as “probably the greatest achievement of my life”.

Outside sport

Besides her sports career, he also got featured on the cover of the July 2009 issue of men’s magazine FHM. She appeared in the January 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In February 2012, Halfords released her branded range of women’s bikes with the Somerton (a city bike), the Initial (a road bicycle) the Brooke and the Dalby (both hybrid bikes) on which she worked as a design consultant.

Likewise, she was a “brand ambassador” for Pantene hair-care products in London 2012. She also appeared in the BBC television programme which first aired in July. She also participated in the series 10 of Strictly Come Dancing partnering with professional dancer Brendan Cole. Similarly, she became the seventh of the fourteen celebrities to leave the show on 25 November. Her autobiography Between the Lines was published after her retirement in September 2012.

At the 2014 Conservative Party Conference, she became recognized as the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan ahead her core speech on 30 September, talking about the importance of sport in education.

In 2016 she co-worked with Clinique, accompanying as a Difference Maker for the Clinique Difference Initiative, with a goal to inspire women and support the provision of educational and healthcare support.

Awards and Nominations

Reflecting on Victoria’s awards and nominations, she has achieved a lot as a sportswoman. She was chosen for Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2009. Further, she has also become the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for her contributions to cycling. She was able to win one gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Likewise, she has also won World Championships five times.

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Caption: Victoria Pendleton with her achievements (Source:

However, she has also won the Olympics gold medals two times and Olympic Bronze Medal once.

Net worth

Victoria Pendleton earns an income from her career as a cyclist and a jockey. However, her estimated net worth is around $1 million, But her income and salary is still under review.

Relationship Status

Currently, Victoria Pendleton is single after her divorce from Scott Gardner. She was in relation to Scott from around 2008 in the Olympics. After a long term relationship, they married in September 2013. Unfortunately, their relation ended up with divorce in July 2018.

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Caption: Victoria Pendleton with her ex-husband (Source:

Her ex-husband Scott is a sports scientist with the British Cycling coaching team which caused some problems for the pair. Scott was even compelled to leave the team at a point in their relationship. However, he got re-appointed later.

In 2018, she also stated that she had suffered severe depression and had contemplated suicide after her failed Everest expedition, then a parting from her husband.


There was a rumor about her suicidal attempt last year.  Likewise, she suffers from depression as she pulled out from Mount Everest. Her relationship with Scott Gardner, who was a sports scientist with the British Cycling coaching team caused problems for the pair. She has also been criticized by people as it was unprofessional for two members of the team to be romantically involved.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Victoria Pendleton has an amazing personality. She has a height of  5 feet 5 inches and weighs around 62 kg. Moreover, her body measurement is still under review. Similarly, she has brown hair color and blue color eyes.

Victoria is socially active on media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. She has accompanied great fan following. She has around 121k followers on Facebook, around 280k followers on Twitter, and more than 42k followers on her Instagram account.