Becky James is a Welsh track and road cyclist who, following an injury lay off, really burst back onto the scene at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, 2013. She started off the event with bronze medals in the Team Sprint and 500m Time Trial, before taking the gold medals in the Keirin and Individual Sprint on consecutive days. Prior to this she had won Team Sprint golds in the 2012 UCI World Cup events in Glasgow and Cali, as well as successful seasons at junior level in 2010 and 2011.
Born in Abergavenny, Wales, in November 1991, Becky started cycling when she was just 11 via an afternoon cycling club organised by her school. She was 15 when she was spotted by the Welsh Talent Team and earned a place on British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme and won four national junior and under-16 titles almost immediately. She suffered from glandular fever in 2008, meaning that she could not compete at the European Junior Championships that year. However, she bounced back strongly in 2009, confirming her potential with four gold and two silver medals in World and European competition.
Becky is the second of five sisters. Her older sister, Rachel, is also a professional race cyclist, the third sister, Ffion, rides MTB for the national development squad and the second-youngest, Megan, is already a national road race champion in her age group. Becky is also signed to ride for Node 4 – Giordana Racing.