Jessica Varnish is the most promising young talent of the British Track Cycling Team with many tipping her to take over from Victoria Pendleton as the face of women’s cycling. She is ambitious, focused and talented and has her eyes on world titles and Olympic gold medals. Jess competed alongside Victoria Pendleton in the London 2012 Olympic Games in the team sprint. The pair was tipped for gold before they were relegated in the semifinal stages of the competition due to a technical infringement.
Jess is a product of the British Cycling Olympic Development program having been spotted as a 14 year old and has won World, European and National medals at junior level. Jess’ first performance at senior level was at the World Track Championships in 2008 where she came from nowhere to win a gold medal at the Manchester World Cup. Varnish gained invaluable experience in Manchester and used it to her advantage when she followed this up with solid performances at the next two World Championships and since then has gone on to become a national champion and has become an integral part of the women’s sprint team, claiming two 2nd place finishes at the European Championships and most recently a World Championship silver medal.
Hailing from a strong cycling background, Jess is the daughter of Jim Varnish, the 1985 Cycle Speedway World Champion. She completed her A-levels in 2009 and has a keen interest in Sports Nutrition which she is currently studying at University.
Jess’ energetic and lively character makes her ideal for school visits and corporate appearances. She has already taken part in many fashion photo shoots and has been the face of multiple PR campaigns. With Jess’ raised profile post the London Games, she is perfectly positioned as the fresh face of women’s cycling in Britain and a great brand ambassador.