Vicki celebrates a hat-trick of golds

TRIPLE golden girl Vicki Pendleton is bang on form for cycling s world championships this month. The 26-year-old from Stotfold accepted she has given herself something to live up to at the world championships after winning three gold medals at the Manch

TRIPLE golden girl Vicki Pendleton is bang on form for cycling's world championships this month.

The 26-year-old from Stotfold accepted she has given herself "something to live up to" at the world championships after winning three gold medals at the Manchester leg of the UCI Track World Cup.

She won gold on each of the three days - the 500m on Friday, the sprint on Saturday and the keirin on Sunday.

The action was being shown live on BBC television.

Vicki said: "I've got something to live up to, now haven't I?"

And she added: "Riding in front of a home crowd, including my family, always helps you to pull something more out of the bag.

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"I have been working with smaller gears quite a lot and finding something that suits me as a slim sort of build sprinter.

"It's just been consistent training where I've been chipping away and working hard in the off season and after giving myself a little time to sharpen up, I feel like I have made quite a few gains this year."

She has been competing on the world stage since the 2002 Commonwealth Games but has made substantial progress in the last couple of years.

A dismal 2004 Olympics when she froze on the big stage was followed by bouncing back to win the sprint title at the 2005 World Championships.

She admitted her form depends on confidence but that is something she does not lack at the moment.

"When you've had a bit of success, you can see people watching you," continued Vicki.

"You want to intimidate them as much as possible - that's kind of what sprinting is about - one-to-one combat."

Vicki won three of Britain's eight golds in Manchester.

This is particularly encouraging with the worlds just a few weeks away and the 2008 Olympics on the horizon.