‘Cheltenham like winning Olympics’

Victoria Pendleton roving in a point-to-point

Victoria Pendleton finished second in a prosaic competition during Ripon during a summer

Competing as a burst manoeuvre during a Cheltenham Festival will be like winning a Olympics, former scurry cyclist Victoria Pendleton has said.

The double Olympic champion, 35, late from cycling after London 2012.

She is now training as a manoeuvre with a perspective to roving in subsequent March’s pledge Foxhunters’ Chase during Cheltenham.

“Making it to Cheltenham in such a brief space of time could be a hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Pendleton said.

Pendleton started training 9 months ago underneath a superintendence of Alan and Lawney Hill and instructor Yogi Breisner.

The former cyclist rode in a series of prosaic races during a summer and went over jumps for a initial time final weekend in a point-to-point eventuality that saw her lift adult dual fences from a finish.

She skeleton to float frequently in point-to-point races during a winter before anticipating to contest during Cheltenham.

Pendleton told a Guardian: “I trust Alan and Lawney and Yogi totally and if we’re entrance tighten to Cheltenham and they contend ‘You’re only not ready,’ I’ll take their advice.

“I know a plea is absurd though I’d unequivocally like to get there.

“A lot of young, eager, intrepid people are perplexing to get to a Foxhunters’ and I’m nothing of those.

“So if we get to line adult during that competition we will be so happy. If we transparent one blockade we will be delighted. If we make it behind in one square we will be thrilled. It will be phenomenal. It will be like winning a Olympics.”

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