Excliclista British rider becomes risky to compete in the steeplechase Cheltenham
British Victoria Pendleton has returned. And not bike, but riding. Olympic and world excampeona cycling track, a whole media figure in his country, will run Friday in Cheltenham (17.10 h) after hanging up the bike for three years and accept the challenge of a bookmaker to become jockey of careers.
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Pendleton mounted to Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase , a risky obstacle course that is like a world amateur this equestrian discipline and culminates the challenge that gambling firm Betfair offered him a year ago: train for 12 months to assemble a horse in this test.
Since that day, the ‘Queen Victoria’ , well known in the UK for its cycling track record and its image of ‘celebrity’ of the tabloid press, was trapped by the proposal. “He was looking for something exciting and new. Also, accept supposed return to compete in a sport , “said Pendleton.
He said yes and went immediately to the orders of an exceptional block in order to get in top condition for the race. The exciclista galloped, jumped and fell more than once, until he got his first win last March 2 in Wincanton with the same horse mounted Friday.
The challenge is enormous for her. In Cheltenham Racecourse, before 70,000 spectators, Pendleton will face the best jockeys in a steeplechase hardness and extreme hardship, which must always regret spectacular falls and serious injuries.
To his coach, Paul Nicholls , “Victoria is an exceptional athlete. It has competitive mentality and has improved on the horse in recent weeks. Sure to shine in this difficult test. ”
This brightness is the same she wore gripping the handlebars in the sprint cycling that allowed him to string together six world titles from 2005 to 2012, plus Olympic gold medals in sprint in Beijing 2008 and keirin in London 2012, as well as other medals and a few records.
Now, however, we will see how it behaves with handling the reins. According to her, “riding is the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done. But if I get over this risky career with note want to become a professional rider. ” bets to get it accepted.