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Victoria Pendleton joins us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 19 October 2012

Team GB Olympic legend Victoria Pendleton joins us for Breakfast!

She's coming to tell us about her autobiography 'Between The Lines' over a cup of tea.

London 2012 was Queen Vic's final professional appearance on the cycle track before her retirement, and what a way to go out! A gold in the Kierin and a silver in the Sprint capped off a career cluttered with medals and titles galore. Victoria won nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint competition. She's the reigning world champion for the sprint, and a former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion (not to mention an MBE to boot!)

And we think her retirement is well deserved; she did start at the age of nine after all! She competed in her first race at that tender age before being spotted in her teens and shooting to cycling success during her time as a student.

We wonder which tracks she'll choose to play...?

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Born To Run

    Born To Run, CBS

  • Image for Naughty Boy

    Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé Wonder

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild

    Rock Anthems Volume 2 (Various), Dino

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis The Importance Of Being Idle

    (CD Single), Big Brother Records

  • Image for Roman Holliday

    Roman Holliday Don't Try To Stop It

    Back To The Eighties (Various), Music Club

  • Image for U2

    U2 Angel Of Harlem

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island, 12

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Skyfall

    (CD Single), XL

  • Image for a-ha

    a-ha Take On Me

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia, 1

  • Image for The Drifters

    The Drifters Under The Boardwalk

    Very Best Of Ben E.King & The Drifters, Global Television

  • Image for Patrick Swayze

    Patrick Swayze She's Like The Wind

    (CD Single), RCA

  • Image for Train & Ashley Monroe

    Train & Ashley Monroe Bruises

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 One More Night

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way

    (CD Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Blackbird

    The White Album, Parlophone, 11

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Because I Know That I Can

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Image for Radiohead

    Radiohead High And Dry

    Crush (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Foo Fighters

    Foo Fighters Long Road To Ruin

    (CD Single), Columbia, 3

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Bicycle Race

    Jazz, Island, 4

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald 4th July

    Life In A Beautiful Light, Mercury

  • Pause for Thought

    With Canon Anne Easter

    You know I’m not really a sporty sort, so I can’t say I was sorry when all the talk of cyclists, circuits and shot putting came to an end and we switched instead to sequins and sambas – YEY! I love dancing.

    Christopher and I have run a few barn dances recently to celebrate harvest and of course I’m following Strictly – there are other dance programmes – when we can watch people who we usually know as comedians or newsreaders or cyclists leaving their comfort zone far behind to have a go at dancing.

    For a while, when it was in the charts, half of the funeral services I conducted included somewhere the playing of ‘I just called to say I love you’ by Stevie Wonder and it was on one of those occasions when I think they must have used the disco version, because I’d said goodbye to all the mourners and Stevie was still going strong – when the funeral director came in to the chapel to say goodbye to me - and we just there and then launched into a sweeping foxtrot in the aisle……which was lovely except for when two of the mourners came back to look for an umbrella they’d left and saw us. The undertaker and me, both in full fig, smooching to the music. I think they were a bit taken aback!

    It’s so easy to think that we know exactly what people are like – the big one, the boring one, the smart one – and those who are given the labels can begin to believe that that’s not only what they are, but all they are.

    But when they get dancing and let themselves go a bit, be it stripping the willow or dad-dancing, suddenly timid Terry becomes el Toro and Beryl’s burlesque side is revealed.

    I think each and every one of us is unique, with the gifts and skills to be the stars God envisaged when God made us but all too often, life gets in the way and we forget how special we are – but a bit of bling and a boogie beat, and suddenly we’re flying!


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