Jess Varnish

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Jess Varnish

Revised: December 2014

Disciplines
Track sprint
Current Team
Halesowen
DOB
19/11/1990
From
Bromsgrove, Worcs
Based
Manchester
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As the daughter of a professional cyclist, Jess began track cycling at an early age and was selected to join British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme in 2005.

During her first experience of racing at elite level, at the first round of the 2008-09 UCI Track Cycling World Cup series in Manchester, she won the gold medal with Anna Blyth in the team sprint.

During the final round of the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London, Jess along with her team-mate Victoria Pendleton, broke the world record for the women's team sprint taking gold on the new Olympic track in what was the defining moment of her career so far.

However, unfortunately Jess' debut at the Olympics ended in disappointment after she and Victoria were relegated from the team sprint competition due to an infringement of the rules. The duo had been on fine form, breaking the world record in their qualifying ride (which was later broken again by the Chinese team) showing that there is still much more to come from Jess.

Following the Olympics and Victoria Pendleton’s retirement, Jess paired up with Becky James for the team sprint winning gold in the Cali and Glasgow World Cups. Jess also won medals in the individual sprint, taking the silver in Glasgow and bronze in Cali.

After a short time off the bike to allow an injury to recover, Jess returned to competition in 2013 and has since picked up more medals at European and World Cup level. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Jess won the bronze medal in both the sprint and the 500m TT events.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2014

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)

Bronze - Sprint

Bronze - 500m time trial


UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Cali (Colombia)

Bronze - Team sprint

 

2013

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Aguascalientes (Mexico)

Silver - Team sprint

UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)

Bronze - Team sprint
Bronze - Sprint


2012

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia)

Gold - Team sprint
Bronze - Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Glasgow (UK)

Gold - Team sprint
Silver - Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)

Gold - Team sprint

2011

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)

Silver - Team sprint

UEC European Track Cycling Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)

Gold -Team sprint

2010

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia)

Gold - Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Melbourne (Australia)

Silver - Team sprint

2008

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)

Gold - Team sprint

UEC Junior European Track Championships, Pruszkow (Poland)

Gold - Keirin
Gold - 500m Time trial
Bronze - Sprint


2007

UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Aguascalientes (Mexico)

Silver - Sprint

UEC Junior European Track Championships, Cottbus (Germany)

Gold - Keirin
Silver - 500m Time trial


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