Competing as a jump jockey at the Cheltenham Festival will be like winning the Olympics, former sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton has said.
The double Olympic champion, 35, retired from cycling right after London 2012.
She is now instruction as a jockey with a view to riding in next March’s amateur Foxhunters’ Chase at Cheltenham.
“Producing it to Cheltenham in such a brief space of time could be the hardest factor I’ve ever carried out,” Pendleton mentioned.
Pendleton began training nine months ago beneath the guidance of Alan and Lawney Hill and instructor Yogi Breisner.
The former cyclist rode in a quantity of flat races in the course of the summer and went more than jumps for the very first time final weekend in a point-to-point occasion which saw her pull up two fences from the finish.
She plans to ride routinely in point-to-point races for the duration of the winter ahead of hoping to compete at Cheltenham.
Pendleton told the Guardian: “I trust Alan and Lawney and Yogi entirely and if we’re coming close to Cheltenham and they say ‘You’re just not prepared,’ I will take their advice.
“I recognize the challenge is ridiculous but I’d really like to get there.
“A lot of young, eager, fearless people are trying to get to the Foxhunters’ and I’m none of these.
“So if I get to line up at that race I will be so satisfied. If I clear 1 fence I will be delighted. If I make it back in a single piece I will be thrilled. It will be phenomenal. It will be like winning the Olympics.”