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Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton reveals male cyclists try to overtake her when she is on bike

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed male cyclists try to overtake her when she is out cycling on the roads. 

 The athlete, 39, from Bedfordshire, shared a self-portrait on Instagram alongside a lengthy caption explaining that she often found it 'funny' when it occured.

She revealed: 'If I’m out about on my road bike and I overtake a man for example .... I will hear a rapid crunching gears as they try to “make amends for it”, occasionally combined with a mumbling of “I must of been daydreaming...like they need an excuse!”'

She added: 'It doesn’t bother me I think it’s funny. I’ve always been underestimated because of the way I look....one day I want to be intimidating.'

Olympic medalist Victoria Pendleton, 39, from Bedfordshire, revealed male cyclists will often try to overtake her while she is out cycling 

In the portrait, Victoria could be seen gazing at the camera while wearing a plain white t-shirt.

She showcased her decorated arms adorned with tattoos while also rocking softly curled grey hair.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star's number of tattoos include Medusa on her upper arm, a snake running down her forearm, a deer skull surrounded by flowers and a bird on her right forearm. 

Posting the snap yesterday, Victoria wrote: 'Just another day in lockdown, I was asked if I had any current portrait shots...not really.

The Olympic champion said male cyclists will try to overtake her while she is out riding her bike (pictured, celebrating as she wins the gold medal in Beijing in 2008) 

The cyclist shared the self-portrait, in which she showcased her tattoos and flowing grey hair, as she 

'The way I appear has changed so much in the last few years, and to be perfectly honest, I rarely get recognised. 

'I think I am quite nondescript....which is no bad thing. It allows me to be a chameleon which I enjoy.'

She went on to explain how male cyclist often try to overtake her on the road, not realising that she is an Olympic athlete.  

She said: '[It's] usually followed with a pedal mashing (usually short lived) stomp back past me.'

The Olympic athlete said the behaviour of male cyclists 'doesn't bother' her because she has 'always been underestimated (pictured, winning the silver medal in London's 2012 Olympic Games 

The athlete added that it 'doesn't bother her' because she has 'always been underestimated.' 

After her cycling career ended, Victoria switched to horse riding, qualifying as an amateur jockey.

In 2016 she achieved her goal of taking part in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham. On her left forearm she sports a horse in full flight – first unveiled in June 2018 on Epsom Derby Day.

Only the previous month Miss Pendleton pulled out of a charity expedition to climb Everest, suffering from oxygen deprivation at 20,977ft.

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