Two-time Olympic silver medallist Becky James has today (17 August) announced her retirement from the Great Britain Cycling Team after ten years of membership on the programme.
Becky was talent spotted by Welsh Cycling during a Go-Ride session at Abergavenny Road Club, and accepted onto the British Cycling junior academy programme at the age of 15.
Darren Tudor, head coach at Welsh Cycling said: “Becky has given so much to the sport; it was fantastic to see her progress through the pathway, from the talent team to the absolute pinnacle of her sporting career.
“She represented Wales in Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and won two medals, and then become a double World Champion in 2013.
“Even through unfortunate times of both injury and illness, Becky showed true determination, and went onto win the bronze medal in the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, followed by two silver medals in the sprint and keirin events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
“On behalf of my team, I’d like to congratulate Becky on her incredible achievements and wish her every success in the future.
Chief executive officer, Anne Adams-King added: “Becky has been a pleasure to work with over the years and we are sad to be saying farewell.
“We are extremely proud of Becky’s achievements and would like to thank her for all of her involvement with Welsh Cycling, which has undoubtedly helped inspire many people in Wales to start cycling.
“We wish her all the very best in her exciting new ventures and hope that she continues to have an involvement in cycling.”