* "Pendleton was voted eighth most attractive female athlete at the Beijing Olympics by an American website.
* She wears a skull and crossbones necklace while competing.
* Entered for first race aged nine – 400m in Bedfordshire.
* She caused controversy by posing nude in a recent magazine photoshoot.
* Likes dressmaking, drawing, having nail manicures and baking.
* Dislikes aggressive drivers. 'It's a risky business being a cyclist in the UK, there are a lot of people who really dislike us. It's the Jeremy Clarkson influence – we're hated on the roads. We just hope people realise we are just flesh and bones on two wheels."
No kidding! Move over Michael Phelps, I want this chick on my wheaties box!