Pendleton set for first race outing

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Cycling golden girl Victoria Pendleton will continue her pursuit of becoming a qualified amateur jockey by riding in her first race at Newbury in July.

Pendleton, who first took up riding with Mildenhall Cycling Club and still remains a gold member, will be remembered as one of the greatest female cyclists to grace the track after amassing 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 career.

However, after retiring from the track following her Olympic exploits, the 34-year-old decided to switch saddles with an ambitious goal of riding at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival next March.

The first step towards her achieving her ambition will come in the form the George Frewer Charity Race on July 2.

“I have to say taking part in this Charity Race, back in a competitive environment, will probably top my other experiences on this journey to date.” said Pendleton.

“Right now I’m just focused on continuing my preparations and I just can’t wait to line up there.”