In the genes - how the James family have secured cycling success across disciplines

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No other cycling family has a trophy cabinet so chock-full of precious metal. But how much of the James sisters’ prolific winning is down to gold-plated genes, asks Chris Marshall-Bell

How similar are you to your brother or sister? If you’re lucky enough to have siblings, it’s a question you’ve probably been asked countless times. While it’s not uncommon for siblings to share certain sporting traits or for a younger sibling to follow in their old brother or sister’s footsteps, it is extraordinary for five siblings to all become high-achievers in the same sport. But that’s precisely the story of the James family.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.