Victoria Pendleton to investigate sports psychology for BBC Radio 5 live with new series, The Mind of...

What I’ve experienced represents just one aspect of the psychological challenges that sports men and women come face-to-face with every day.Victoria Pendleton, Team GB World and Olympic cycling champion
Date: 16.12.2014     Last updated: 16.12.2014 at 16.32
Category: Radio 5 Live; Sport
A new, regular series will explore the psychology, mental toughness and training methods that go into building the mind of a champion. Begins Thursday 18 December, 8pm to 10pm, on BBC Radio 5 live.

Team GB World and Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton is set to join BBC Radio 5 live this December, with a new series 'The Mind Of...' taking an in-depth and investigative look at the mental side of sporting greatness.

Each show focuses on a specific sport, starting with cycling, where Victoria draws on her unparalleled experience of the mental and emotional conditioning required to break through immense physical barriers.

With access to high profile cyclists across a range of disciplines, including Grand Tour winners, sprinters, domestiques and track cyclists, Victoria will speak to everyone from Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Wendy Houvenaghel, to British Cycling’s former psychologist Steve Peters - discussing everything from pain tolerance, competition and training to coping with competitors and teammates.

Over the course of the series, Victoria will get to grips with a wide range of sports, each requiring a unique array of mental disciplines. Getting into The Mind of… a fighter, golfer, motor racer and long distance runner, each show will see Victoria speaking to some of sport’s most successful and dedicated athletes, getting their perspectives on what it takes to obtain that all-important mental edge that can often mean the difference between greatness and a near miss.

Commenting on the series, Victoria Pendleton, says: “Having pushed myself to the limit and what often felt like beyond, I know what a huge difference exerting mental control over your body can make when it comes to competing on the world stage. However, what I’ve experienced represents just one aspect of the vast and varied psychological challenges that sports men and women and their support teams come face-to-face with every day, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about each of their fiercely competitive worlds.”

DB