Renwick gets on his bike

Wilson Renwick has announced his retirement from race riding, with his sights set on doing 'a Pendleton in reverse'.

Wilson Renwick wins aboard Shoreacres at Ascot in November 2008.

Renwick has been sidelined since suffering multiple injuries in a fall at Market Rasen in May 2015, with the rider forced to call time on his involvement with racing due to nerve damage sustained in that incident.

He told BBC Sport: "As well as the concussion, I broke a vertebra in my neck, my collarbone, my jawbone and a couple of ribs, and they've all healed.

"But nerve damage in my left arm means some of the muscle has wasted away and I've lost power in it, which won't come back, so that's it."

While Renwick's days in the racing saddle are over, he is trying to ply his trade in a saddle of another kind as he is now attached to the Italy-based Parentini cycling team and is classified as 'elite' level.

He added: "The experts say endurance athletes are at their best at my age, but probably need to have started developing from 20. I'm maybe too old, but it'd be great to give it a go – 90 per cent of my body is fine, and there's nothing wrong with my legs.

"I have no solid plans, but doing a Pendleton in reverse and becoming a professional cyclist is the dream. Victoria did brilliantly getting to Cheltenham, and going some way to trying to emulate what she did would be quite something."

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