Victoria Pendleton pleased with Cycletta progress

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Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has thanked all those riders who joined her at the recent Cycletta event in Woburn Abbey last weekend.

The London 2012 gold medallist leads the female-only bike rides promoting women's cycling.

And she was thrilled at the turnout for the latest Cycletta event at Bedfordshire's scenic Woburn Abbey.

Pendleton tweeted: "Thank you to all the ladies who have joined me @Cycletta Woburn Abbey, a lovely day for a bike ride! X"

Started back in 2011, the Cycletta series has grown from two events to seven in the space of two years.

With varying skill levels and ride distances, the event caters to all ages and abilities and Pendleton thinks that's a huge part of its appeal.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Pendleton said: "In the first year we had just two events and I was really surprised to see how many people came to both. There were a lot of familiar faces. It showed there was a demand for events like this.

"It works so well because it's a relaxed atmosphere and it's all about participation, rather than a competitive environment. 

"A lot of women who come to Cycletta have never done an event like this before."

And while getting more people out cycling is the end goal, Pendleton wants to see more women out on rides, both competitively and recreationally. 

So since last summer's golden games it's been a mixture bag as far as the Olympic champion is concerned.

The road and track cycling success has boosted the sport's profile - but women's cycling hasn't enjoyed the same surge in interest as the men's - something Pendleton wants to change.

"Women's cycling doesn't have the same air of glamour that the men's scene has. Men's road racing gets the coverage and the events, it's quite incredible that for women's cycling it's so poor.

"It must be heartbreaking for female road racers to see men getting so much more. A lot of young boys now want to be Bradley Wiggins, they watch the Tour de France on TV and it looks fantastic, and that inspires them to get involved. There isn't the equivalent for girls."

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