Victoria Pendleton is undoubtedly the first lady of British cycling and over the last 10 years has enjoyed unprecedented success in every area of the sport.
Her precocious talent was first spotted during her teens but the dedicated student decided to concentrate on her studies and achieved a 2:1 degree in Sports and Exercise Science before turning her attention fully on her career.
By that time she had already amassed six British Championship medals, and six national titles were to follow in the two seasons she spent honing her skills for the 2004 Olympic Games at the UCI's World Cycling Centre in Switzerland.
Pendleton would finish sixth in the time trial and ninth in the sprint in Athens but a year later put that disappointment firmly behind her by claiming her first world sprint title in Los Angeles. She was only the third British female cyclist in 40 years to achieve such a feat.
Buoyed by that success, she won gold and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, and in 2007 swept the board at the World Championships with victories in the keirin, individual sprint and team sprint alongside Shanaze Reade.
2008 was the year Pendleton's profile sky-rocketed after following up two further World Championship titles with her gold medal in the individual sprint event at the Beijing Olympics.
Those successes not only earned her worldwide acclaim, but also an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List.
Far from being overawed by all that attention, Pendleton remained as focused as ever in 2009 and two further World Championship medals followed before she retained her rainbow individual sprint jersey in Poland.
In 2010 Pendleton achieved an astonishing fourth consecutive individual sprint title at the World Championships and rounded off the event in Denmark with a silver in the keirin.
2011 would see Pendleton crowned European champion alongside Jess Varnish in the team sprint, and she added a further two medals to her World Championship collection before reclaiming the rainbow jersey with victory in the individual sprint 12 months later.