VIDEO: Pendleton switches saddles in ambitious Cheltenham quest

Cycling golden girl Victoria Pendleton has reflected on her decision to swap saddles as she dreams of racing at the Cheltenham Festival next year.

Pendleton, who first took up riding with Mildenhall Cycling Club and still remains a gold member, amassed a total of 19 medals and six world records, including a gold and silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games in her swansong of an illustrious cycling career.

PEDAL POWER FOR HORSE POWER: Victoria Pendleton has set herself the ambitious challenge of becoming a qualified jockey

PEDAL POWER FOR HORSE POWER: Victoria Pendleton has set herself the ambitious challenge of becoming a qualified jockey

However, the 34-year-old has now decided to take on an ambitious challenge of becoming a qualified amateur jockey who will then target a ride in the Foxhunters Chase at the prestigious festival.