Pendleton ready to take on Meares

Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton (Getty)

Beijing Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has shrugged off concerns that nagging injuries will prevent her being competitive at Melbourne's track cycling World Cup round.

The sprint star admits she is suffering from a minor back complaint, but says it is unlikely to inhibit her during the December 2-4 meeting at the Hisense Arena.

"It's just a little bit of training injury at the moment," Pendleton said.

"It's just normal, you expect it with the training load you do in preparation for competition.

"It's still early in the season so there's a lot of gym work at the moment and stuff like that but hopefully it won't cause too many problems."

Pendleton said she had not been able to pinpoint the cause of her discomfort.

"I don't know but I will just try my best and see what I can do," she said.

"You haven't got control over these things and they can happen when you're putting in a lot of weights work.

"I'm not a particularly robust individual and strength training isn't my forte.

"It's just part of the job really."

Pendleton is anticipating a head-to-head battle with Australian champion Anna Meares but said both needed to get to the final first.

She beat Meares to win the sprint gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

"With the sprint competition so open it takes one tiny mistake and before you know it you've been knocked out," Pendleton said.

"The standard of racing at the moment with the Europeans is very high and there are a lot of people there breaking into new territory so who knows whether we'll even come up against each other."

But with Olympic qualifying points on offer at the Melbourne event, she is keen to make the most of her trip.

"I think it's essential. It would be naive to not make the most of every opportunity to gain the points," Pendleton said.

"For everyone here you want to make it as easy as possible so you can relax going into the 2012 season, you don't want to worry about getting points."

Pendleton will be re-acquainting herself with the venue where she took sprint gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

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