All in the Family: Cyclist Becky James Going for Gold with A Supportive Family of Cyclists

11/03/2013 | Author: | Posted in Biking

Dynasties are common within politics, but very rarely does this occur in the world of sports. British professional cyclist Becky James hails from a family of avid cyclists.


Becky James returns home to the UK as a celebrated athlete in the world of cycling. Finishing with an impressive haul of two gold and bronze medals rightfully won at the recently concluded cycling tournament in Belarus, James is jubilant with her success and hopes to continue this winning streak now that 2013 is already entering into its second quarter. For her, this means dedicating more time to rigorous training schedules in order to face the tough challenges she will face in the months to come.

James attributes her success to her family, many of whom are also active cyclists themselves. They include her older sister, Rachel, and her mother, Christine. Being nurtured of the love for the road sport at a young age, along with the encouragement and support from her family, made James decide to become a professional cyclist despite the sport being a predominantly male-oriented arena at the time she started to break into it. This, however, has not prevented her from steadily rising within the ranks and helped establish a stronger profile and recognition for female cyclists everywhere.

She maintains a grounded profile by spending free time with her family and going on leisurely tours on their bikes as they pedal through the lovely Welsh countryside. She is romantically linked with Welsh rugby player, George North, who occasionally joins James and her family on such trips. Such moments with her loved ones are very few and far between, given her schedule and the upcoming sporting events she has to tackle next, particularly the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

However, James takes them all in stride and makes each moment count. She plans to take a much-deserved break in Argentina for a relaxing holiday before returning home to undergo training and participate in scheduled races by mid-March. Her family is extremely supportive of her as an athlete and as a role model to young women who aspire to become professional cyclists just like her. At only twenty-one years of age, James is already poised to bring a touch of girl power that has rarely been seen in the world of cycling.

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