Our First Lady of Cycling has revealed that she is launching a second range of all-female bikes for Halfords. Victoria Pendleton’s first collection, which included the Dalby and Somerby styles, proved to be so popular that she has been asked back to help design a second range.
Pendleton bikes (as the range is known) are designed for fun & fitness, and are especially created to offer maximum comfort for the female cyclist, whilst combining feminine touches with Victoria’s sense of style. Ms Pendleton’s first range featured three unique designs, The White Dalby (£249), The Blue Somerby (£299), and The Purple Brooke (£229).
Undoubtably Ms Pendleton is passionate about cycling, and now wants to encourage other female cyclists to take to the paths and roads. She says, in an exclusive interview with Halfords: “Cycling can give you so much pleasure whether you are training for Olympic gold, keeping fit or out riding with friends.
I am delighted to have realised my dream of designing my range and hope it will encourage more girls to get on their bikes. I’m so excited about the new range. I really want to encourage women to just get out and about and enjoy riding them!”
And she certainly knows what she is talking about. Talent spotted at 16 by the assistant national track team coach at the time, Marshall Thomas, despite his efforts to get her to train, she decided to concentrate on her education for the time being.
However, whilst she was studying at University, she started to train more constructively for track sprinting. Hugely inspired by the Olympic gold medal success of Jason Queally, at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, in 2001 and 2002 she competed at the European Championships and later that season at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
She won her first World Championship title in 2005 in LA and went on to achieve Olympic Gold medal success at the London 2012 Games. And although Ms Pendleton is an Olympic medal winner, she understands how difficult it is to get fit if you have a busy lifestyle.
She says: “I am lucky to be able to keep fit through my job. I know a lot of people have busy lifestyles and can struggle to make time for the gym. The key is making the most of the time you have by exercising little and often. Take the stairs rather than the lift, try some exercises around the house or a cycle to the shops rather than driving.
It all helps to make you feel better and if you can commute on your bike then do it, otherwise a ride at the weekend with friends or family is a great way to exercise whilst also being sociable!”
“Cycling can give so much pleasure whether you are training for Olympic gold, keeping fit or out riding with friends. I am delighted to have realised my dream of designing my own range and hope it will encourage more girls to get on their bikes too”
To view the current range of Pendleton cycles, visit Halfords.com website.