Members of Abergavenny Road Club turned out in force at the weekend to meet their double world champion, Becky James, despite the unusual snowy conditions.
Becky, who recently won four medals at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, spent time with each of the youth club members signing autographs and jerseys. She has now started to reflect on her achievements and her new stance in the cycling world: “It’s crazy! It doesn’t feel like that long ago I was in their [young cyclists] position and I was looking up to the likes of Nicole Cooke, and now they are looking up to me; It doesn’t feel real. Hopefully I can inspire them, and they can take the same route as me and become world champions.”
This week, she is launching British Cycling’s new strategy to get one million more women riding bikes by 2020. As a role model and inspiration to many thousands of women and young people, she said cycling is all about having fun: “Knowing that my success can inspire other young women to get into cycling makes me feel really good. The performances of our female riders at Beijing and in London have already made a difference, now we just need to see more women doing everyday cycling and enjoying our amazing sport for all that it has to offer.”