SHE’S the Olympic golden girl who is as famous for her tearful displays of emotion as her record-breaking success on the cycling track.
Now sprint champion Victoria Pendleton, who won gold and silver at the London 2012 Games, is promoting an all-female cycle event due to take place in Hampshire later this month.
But her commitment to the new series of Strictly Come Dancing has forced her to cancel a personal appearance at Cycletta New Forest.
More than 700 women are expected to take part in the event, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Victoria famously shed tears at the Olympics after she and fellow cyclist Jess Varnish made a technical error in the team event, which meant the riders had to settle for silver. The rider dubbed Queen Victoria vowed to make amends and won gold in the keirin competition just 24 hours later.
But the 32-yearold athlete broke down again after mixing up her moves and losing her timing on her first appearance on Strictly Come Dancing earlier this month.
Apologising to dance partner Brendan Cole she put her head in her hands and declared: “Oh, I’m so sorry.”
Victoria was present at Cycletta Cheshire last Sunday as part of her campaign to promote the women-only events.
However, organisers have confirmed that her Strictly Come Dancing schedule will prevent from her attending Cycletta New Forest at Beaulieu on October 21.
A Cycletta spokesman said: “Victoria comes to as many of the events as she can. She was hoping to get to the Forest but can’t make it, which is a real shame.”
Victoria added: “I’ve been involved with Cycletta since it started, with just two events last year. Sometimes cycling events can feel intimidating, particularly if you haven’t been on a bike for years, and that’s exactly what Cycletta aims to change. So many of the women are completely new to this, which is what makes these events so special.”
- Enter the Cycletta New Forest event at cycletta.co.uk.