Golden girl Victoria Pendleton enjoys the simple life on dog walk with fianc Scott
15:17 GMT, 28 August 2012
In just under a month, she has cycled home with a gold and a silver medal from the London 2012 Games, graced the red carpets of high-profile events wearing designer dresses and lent her glossy mane to a glamorous hair campaign.
But now that her gruelling professional obligations are at an end, sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton is enjoying the downtime she craved with her fianc Scott Gardner and her beloved pet dogs.
The rumoured 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant was spotted with Scott and their two Dobermans, Stella and Mr. Jonty, taking a stroll through Wilmslow, Cheshire.
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Olympic gold medallist and rumoured 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant Victoria Pendleton takes her two Doberman dogs, Stella and Mr. Jonty, for a walk through Wilmslow, Cheshire
The 31-year-old Games poster girl ditched the Lycra and sparkly cocktail dresses for a more down-to-earth look, sporting scraped back hair, dark-rimmed glasses, an anorak, jeans and tan Hunter wellies.
She and Scott looked extremely comfortable in each other's company, holding hands and gazing into one another's eyes as they walked down the residential road.
Following the immense hype of this summer's Olympic Games, Victoria's coach-turned-partner Scott told the Telegraph how much he was looking forward to some peaceful downtime with his girlfriend, with no punishing training schedule to worry about.
'I'm looking forward to the two of us walking our dogs, Jonty and Stella, together,' he said.
'I've saved up two years on that front, so I think I've earned it.'
The golden girl was almost unrecognisable in her anorak and jeans despite shooting to fame over the past month as a Games poster girl
Though she has now retired from the
national team, the Bedfordshire-born star has plenty to keep her busy as
she prepares for her wedding to her former coach, which will take place next year.
She said: ‘I am just going to take some time out and start on my wedding plans. It’s probably going to be August next year.
‘I can’t wait to try on lots of dresses- no meringues, just something quite plain and simple.’
Her relationship with Australian-born Scott sparked outrage amongst her teammates when their love first emerged and she has recently hit out about how difficult it was for the pair.
'Winning the gold medal should have
been the happiest day of my entire life and it just wasn't,' she
revealed in a BBC documentary earlier this year. 'It felt like the
saddest day in my entire life. I felt almost numb. Everyone was so angry
that Scott and I had fallen in love. It was so unprofessional – we were
a disgrace and had betrayed everybody.'
such hard times are now behind her as she's planning her wedding and
relishing her retirement. 'I haven’t felt this relaxed in ages,' she
The sporting couple, who have been spotted out and about at recent red carpet events, are looking forward to some down-time together
Rumours are also rife about the star taking part in Strictly Come Dancing alongside recently confirmed pop starlet Kimberley Walsh.
The Olympic gold medal winner told ITV1’s Lorraine show she is planning her next career move after retiring from the sport.
She said: ‘Well, I tell you what, if they do ring me I’d be very interested, I have to say.
idea of being very glamorous, it definitely appeals to me. After
wearing Lycra suits and tracksuits for so long and not a lot of make-up I
think, yeah, that would be good fun.’