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The Olympic medal-winning cyclist Becky James has quit cycling to bake wedding cakes, and said she is ‘excited’ about her future.

Admitting that after Rio 2016, she had "post-Olympic blues”, she announced her retirement this week.

"It came about two weeks ago and I thought 'this is what I want to do' and it just clicked," she told BBC Sport.

"I came to the decision it was the right thing for me to do and I'm feeling very excited."

The Welsh athlete became world champion in sprint and keirin in 2013 and won silver at the same events at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

On her Twitter account, she revealed: “After 13 years of racing my track bike, it is time to start an exciting new chapter in my life.

“I have achieved my dreams of becoming a world champion, a Commonwealth medallist for Wales and becoming a double Olympic silver medallist.

“For a long time I've had a passion for baking and have loved making special wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family... and it's my intention to now pursue this passion as a business.”

 

"It's been up and down," she said.

"I was on such a high after the Olympics, and then you have a massive dip and it's really hard to get out of that rut.

"People say you have the post-Olympic blues and I definitely had that, but then I came out of that dip and I was half training and trying to figure out what to do.

"I was so happy with my decision and was scared to tell people what I wanted to do. I had to do what I wanted in my heart.

"I'm so happy with everything I've achieved in my career. I didn't feel like I was desperate to carry on to the next Olympics, I'm so chuffed with what I've done.

"I just felt for me this is the right time to move and start my next career.

"If it (cycling) wasn't what I wanted to do I knew in my heart I wouldn't achieve what I'd want to. I couldn't do anything half-hearted - if I didn't really want to do it I knew I wouldn't achieve my goals and be the best I could be."

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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Woldsman [207 posts] 3 months ago
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<AustralianAccent>If you can't stand the heat get in to the kitchen. </AustralianAccent>

Best wishes, Becks.

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ianguignet [29 posts] 3 months ago
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good on her. hope her cakes are ace. 

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Flying Scot [1005 posts] 3 months ago
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Thanks for the entertainment and if you're reading this, all the best with the cakeage.

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handlebarcam [1061 posts] 3 months ago
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Becky James quits pro cycling - and her retirement plans are VERY unusual

Really? Retired athlete starts a second career requiring patience and manual dexterity, doing a craft which is so widely popular that a TV programme based around it has recently been the subject of a bidding war. How is any of that unusual? A pro cyclist taking up an academic career would be surprising (but not a total shock, given Emma Pooley has a PhD.) But becoming a baker? That hardly merits a "Huh". But, nevertheless, here goes: "Huh, well, good for her."

Clickbait much?

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The Hoggs [3496 posts] 3 months ago
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Good luck to her in her new career, if she makes cakes as well as she rides a bike then she'll be a superstar. 

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Must be Mad [625 posts] 3 months ago
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Shame in a way - her star was still rising. But also I think it is commendable to understand when your hearts no longer in the game and quit while you are ahead. Good luck for the new venture.

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NeilG83 [309 posts] 3 months ago
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With Becky James now retired and Williamson out injured could there be a chance of Jess Varnish returning to the squad?

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Twowheelsaregreat [87 posts] 3 months ago
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Best of luck Becky! laugh

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Jack Osbourne snr [680 posts] 3 months ago
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When I retire from eating cake, I'm gonna win some medals for cycling very fast.

Good luck Becky!

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Beecho [213 posts] 3 months ago
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Just shed a tier...

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davel [1969 posts] 3 months ago
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NeilG83 wrote:

With Becky James now retired and Williamson out injured could there be a chance of Jess Varnish returning to the squad?

Surely she'd get a frosting reception.

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Goldfever4 [388 posts] 3 months ago
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The headline (and premise) for this article is immature and not what I expect from road.cc, why is an article celebrating a successful career for a nice, hard-working person passed over in favour of poking fun at her plans after professional cycling? 

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Rushie [46 posts] 3 months ago
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If she doesn't call the new company Bakey James I shall be cross.

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Leviathan [2865 posts] 3 months ago
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Stressing in article title is VERY unusual. Wedding cakes are not. Has no one in you office watched Bake Off EVER. There is a direct correlation between the growth in baking and cycling success in this country

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alansmurphy [1199 posts] 3 months ago
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NeilG83 wrote:

With Becky James now retired and Williamson out injured could there be a chance of Jess Varnish returning to the squad?

Bloody hope not!!!

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dwbeever [57 posts] 3 months ago
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Leviathan wrote:

There is a direct correlation between the growth in baking and cycling success in this country

Correlation does not imply causation, but given i love both the underlying variables, i'll not slice you up....