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“THEY SAID I WAS TOO GIRLY TO WIN”

Cycling superstar turned jockey, Victoria Pendleton tells healthy why she’s more content than ever – and why she’s proud to stay true to herself

Through her cycling career she regularly topped the podium – so it’s a surprise to hear Victoria Pendleton say she hasn’t always felt that confident. ‘At school I was quite shy,’ she says. ‘I refused to speak out loud in English literature, because I was afraid of stumbling over my words in front of my peers.’ What’s made the difference? Sport – and getting older: Victoria turns 36 in September. ‘I’m a lot more settled and less uncertain about what to do next, how I should make decisions or what I should or shouldn’t be doing,’ she says. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever felt better.’

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.