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Jess Varnish

Multiple World, Commonwealth & European Championship medallist and Professional Cyclist

About Jess

As the daughter of a professional cyclist, Jess began track cycling at an early age and was selected to join British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme in 2005.

In her first elite race at the 2008 Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, Jess won Gold in the Team Sprint.

Jess has been one of GB’s leading track sprint cyclists for the last 5 years. She has famously been paired with Victoria Pendleton for the majority of GB’s reign in the Team Sprint and is known for her sheer speed and power out of the starting blocks to put her partner in the best possible position to take the win. Jess also competes in the individual sprint and keirin events.

In 2012, prior to the Olympics, Jess along with her team mate Victoria Pendleton, broke the world record for the women’s team sprint taking Gold on the new Olympic track in what was a defining moment of her career.

Jess went on to break another World Record in the London 2012 Olympic qualifying rounds, building on her performance and showing even more maturity. Sadly her debut Olympics ended in disqualification due to a rule infringement on the track.

Following on from the Olympics Jess has bounced back with Gold medals in the Team Sprint at the Cali and Glasgow World Cups as well as an individual Silver and Bronze.

Jess also had an injury set back in 2013 where she tore a disc in her spine and her career was on the line. She worked incredibly hard on her rehabilitation with the help of yoga and pilates and has since won further medals at European and World Cup level as well as two Bronze medals in the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Jess is an incredible ambassador for British track cycling; she has pushed herself to be one of the fastest women on two wheels in the world and still has a lot more to give. Jess is looking to put right her Olympic story and is one to watch for Rio 2016.