Becky James






Abergavenny, Wales

Career Highlights and Awards

2010 Commonwealth Games
Silver: Sprint
Bronze: 500m Time Trial
2013 World Championships
Gold: Sprint
Gold: Keirin
Bronze: Team Sprint
Bronze: 500m Time Trial
2014 World Championships
Bronze: Team Sprint
Bronze: Keirin
2016 World Championships
Bronze: Keirin
2016 Olympic Games
Silver: Keirin
Silver: Sprint


Becky began cycling aged 11 at an afternoon cycling club at her school. She was later accepted onto British Cycling’s Olympic Development programme in 2007 when she was 15.

Following 4 Junior National titles and 2 European Championship titles, Becky went on to win another 2 Gold medals at the 2009 Junior Track Cycling World Championships.

Becky’s progress continued as she moved from Junior to Senior competition, winning 2 Commonwealth Games medals for Wales in 2010.

2013 was Becky’s most successful season to date, winning 2 World Championship Gold medals and 2 Bronze medals, making her the first British rider to win 4 medals at a single World Championships. Later in the year in October, Becky opted to take part in the prestigious Japanese Keirin circuit and proved her world class ability by winning each of her 9 races.

Despite a period of illness and injury requiring lengthy rehab, Becky won 2 Bronze medals at the 2014 World Championships and a Bronze in the Keirin at the 2016 World Championships in London.

Five months later Becky made her Olympic Games debut for Team GB at Rio 2016. She won two Silver medals in the Keirin and the Sprint, setting a new Olympic Record of 10.721 seconds while qualifying for the Sprint.

After a short break from the sport Becky announced her retirement from competitive cycling in 2017:

“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.”

Following her retirement Becky has since launched a successful baking business, founded on the basis of her long-term passion for baking and cake making. Baked by Becks (Instagram @bakedbybecks) is based in Cardiff and has a particular emphasis on wedding cakes.

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