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Olympian Victoria Pendleton is getting back in the saddle this weekend and riding a flying bike on Strictly Come Dancing.

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The retired cyclist will arrive on the dancefloor for her routine pedalling a BMX suspended by wires when the programme comes from Wembley Arena on Saturday.

To complete the look from her Team GB days she will be wearing a red, white and blue outfit as she performs in front of a live audience of 6,000 fans on the BBC1 show.

She and professional partner Brendan Cole are due to perform a paso doble to the Queen hit Bicycle Race.

The “dancing through the decades”-themed show will also see Pendleton’s fellow Olympian Louis Smith return to his sport by including a spot of gymnastics in his routine.

Last year the Wembley show saw contestant Russell Grant fired from a cannon and judge Craig Revel Horwood fly through the air as he mimicked Queen guitarist Brian May.

A show insider said producers were pulling out all the stops to make this year’s event even more spectacular.

Performers include Kylie Minogue, who will sing her 80s hit The Locomotion, and Girls Aloud - featuring contestant Kimberley Walsh - are to perform their Children In Need single Something New.

Extra dancers have been drafted in for the show, including half a dozen people performing on roller-skates.

A Royal Marines band of 50 people will also be in the studio as the nine remaining couples aim to avoid the dance-off, which will see one pair eliminated on Sunday.

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