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Becky James quits pro cycling - and her retirement plans are VERY unusual

Although when you think about it... isn't this one of cycling's biggest food obsessions?...

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."


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