Pendleton ‘cleansed of cycling’

Former Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton says she “cleansed” herself of cycling after her retirement.

The 34-year-old Briton quit the sport in 2012 after winning

gold in the keiren and silver in the sprint

at the London games.

She told

The Clare Balding Show:

“It took me two years to find a place in my heart that made sense to ride a bike.

“I cleansed my life entirely when I retired. Everything cycling was left in a box.”

She added: “The clothing, anything, everything, gone away because it was just too painful. And also I wanted to look forward, not backwards.”

The female AP McCoy?

Pendleton appears on Friday’s BBC Two programme with retiring champion jockey AP McCoy and record-breaking dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin.

AP McCoy

AP McCoy has won more than 4,300 races

And the former cyclist has something in common with her co-stars, as she

has recently started training to be a jockey

and is aiming to compete at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016.

“I’ve been looking for a big challenge to fill the void and having a purpose, having something to train towards and I understand that the chance of it actually working out is small, but I’m going to give it my best shot and I’m quite stubborn too. So why not?,” she added.

A fireman, a chef or an equine dentist?

Nineteen-time champion jockey McCoy was later quizzed on what he might do

after he retires

at the weekend, following his last race at Sandown. He responded to some suggestions:

Equine dentist:

“I could do with doing my own teeth first before the horses.”

Car salesman:

“Yes, that’s a possibility, being a car salesman, I can see that.”


“Oh I’m not brave enough for that, that’s actually a proper job, that’s proper work.”


“I can’t cook, I’ve never cooked in my life.”

Winning in Vegas

British Olympic equestrian champion Dujardin

retained her World Cup title in Las Vegas

last week, meaning she is the first rider to hold Olympic, world, European and World Cup titles simultaneously.

Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte Dujardin is the first rider to hold Olympic, world, European and World Cup titles simultaneously

And the 29-year-old said she enjoyed being part of the “showbiz” lifestyle in the United States: “It’s so surreal, it’s unbelievable.

“It’s something I’ve never experienced before. The crowd were fantastic, the support I had out there was amazing.”

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