Abergavenny born Champion cyclist Becky James has announced her retirement.
The girlfriend of Welsh rugby International George North has said she wants to spend more time enjoying life “without the strict training regime, while at the same time continuing to lead a healthy lifestyle both in body and mind.”
She announced, “Over the past year, I have had time to think about my future and have decided to
retire from international track sprint racing.
After 13 years of racing my track bike, it is time to start an exciting new chapter in my life.
I have given cycling 100% and know how much commitment it takes to make it
to the highest level in elite sport.
The pressure of competing at the top can be mentally and physically draining, but the rewards have been incredible and I have absolutely no regrets!
I have achieved my dreams of becoming a World Champion, a Commonwealth medalist for Wales and becoming a double Olympic silver medalist.
I now want to enjoy my life without the strict training regime, while at the same time continuing to lead a healthy lifestyle both in body and mind.
For a long time I’ve had a passion for baking and have loved making special
wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family.
I’ve had great feedback from those who’ve enjoyed my cakes or seen my Instagram @bakedbybecks and it’smy intention to now pursue this passion as a business, along with some exciting other projects going forward.
I would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey from the beginning. My family, friends, coaches, Abergavenny Road Club, Welsh Cycling, British Cycling, Team GB and myincredible sponsors who all stuck with me and supported me through the highs and the lows of elite sport.
Cycling has always been the main focus of my life and will continue to be a big
part of it. I will still be an active member of Abergavenny Road Club and I will
look to pass some of the knowledge I have acquired over the years to help young
riders achieve their dreams.”