'I miss Team GB - but I don't miss cycling' - Olympic cycling star Victoria Pendleton

'I miss Team GB - but I don't miss cycling' - Victoria Pendleton joins Julia Harley-Brewer

Victoria Pendleton after winning her keirin gold medal at London 2012

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has told talkRADIO that she doesn't miss cycling – but wishes she was still part of Team GB. 

Pendleton, who won nine world championship medals as well as Olympic golds at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, will be heading to this summer's Olympic Games in Rio to commentate on events in the velodrome. 

"I thought the first time I did some commentary it would be a lot harder to watch than it was, because I can still remember what it's like to be sat on the start line," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"I don't miss [cycling] massively. What I do miss is being part of a team, the camaraderie and being part of something bigger.

"Being part of Team GB was such a massive experience for me." 

The 35-year-old former track cyclist, who on Thursday raced a train from London to Heathrow as part of the Heathrow Express train's 18th birthday celebrations, also tells Julia how she thinks her ex-team-mates Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Armitstead, Chris Froome, Liam Phillips, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott will fare in Brazil. 

Listen to the full interview to find out more about Victoria's experiences and her Olympic predictions