Within the genes – how the James household have secured biking success throughout disciplines
No different biking family has a trophy cupboard so chock-corpulent of treasured metal. Nonetheless how nice of the James sisters’ prolific successful is right down to gold-plated genes, asks Chris Marshall-Bell
How the identical are you to your brother or sister? Within the event you’re lucky enough to keep up siblings, it’s a question you’ve doubtlessly been requested limitless instances. Whereas it’s not peculiar for siblings to share apparent sporting traits or for a youthful sibling to coach of their outdated brother or sister’s footsteps, it’s unparalleled for five siblings to all change into excessive-achievers within the the identical sport. Nonetheless that’s exactly the story of the James family.
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Hailing from the Monmouthshire metropolis of Abergavenny in Wales, the James family counts 69 nationwide medals throughout three disciplines of biking between 4 sisters, Rachel, Becky, Ffion and Megan.
Twenty-nine-year-old Becky, the mild and reserved sister, acquired two Olympic silver medals at Rio 2016, 4 years after she acquired nationwide crew flee gold with Rachel – the inspiring eldest, now 32. Rachel went on to earn two golds piloting Sophie Thornhill on the 2014 Para-biking Discover World Championships.
Equally inspiring Ffion, 23, fits in her practising round learning pure sciences at Cambridge College. Principally probably the most attention-grabbing sister level-headed competing as of late, Ffion acquired the cyclocross Nationwide Trophy collection in 2019.
The gallant and ecstatic-streak-fortunate Megan, who stop biking in 2017 feeble 17 and is now learning geography at King’s School London, acquired two rounds of the 2017 junior mountain bike downhill World Cup. There’s a fifth sister, Bethan, feeble 24, who has been severely disabled since delivery and requires round the clock care.
The James sisters’ mom Christine is a devoted and strong native racer for Abergavenny RC and a extinct Welsh outdated cyclocross champion. Their father Dai is a extinct rugby participant, whereas their brother Gareth, 31, raced the Childhood Tour of Assen for Wales.
We sat down (with regards to) with Rachel, Becky, Ffion and Megan for the third instalment of CW’s ‘Within the Genes’ collection, to come across collectively how nice of their shared expertise for biking is right down to their genetic inheritance and the extent to which they’ve been formed by their shared ambiance.
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