Double world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist Becky James has announced that she is retiring from cycling at the age of 25 to concentrate on establishing her cake-making business.
Announcing her retirement, James said that she was "looking forward to starting a new chapter", thanking all those who had helped her through her career.
"I have given cycling 100% and know how much commitment it takes to make it to the highest level in elite sport. The pressure of competing at the top can be mentally and physically draining, but the rewards have been incredible and I have absolutely no regrets!" James said in a statement.
"I have achieved my dreams of becoming a world champion, a Commonwealth medallist for Wales and becoming a double Olympic silver medallist.
"I now want to enjoy my life without the strict training regime, while at the same time continuing to lead a healthy lifestyle both in body and mind."
After winning a bronze and a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, James won gold medals in the sprint and the keirin events at the World Championships in 2013.
However she then endured a long-time out of action, first with a cancer scare, then with shoulder and knee injuries, missing nearly two years of international competition.
Despite this, she completed a successful comeback to win silver medals in the sprint and keirin at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Great Britain head coach Ian Dyer was one of those to pay tribute to James, picking out her 2016 results as one of the high-points of his career.
"It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Becky over the years, both in my current role as head coach and my previous role as sprint coach during which I worked closely with Becky," Dyer said.
"To see first-hand how she battled back from injury and illness to claim the silver medal in the sprint and keirin in Rio 2016 was inspiring to see and I count it as one of my career highlights.
"As one of Britain’s most successful female track sprinters, Becky can enjoy her retirement and the team at British Cycling are ready to support her transition as she embarks on new exciting ventures. Becky will always be welcome at British Cycling."
James will now concentrate on building a business, Baked by Becks (opens in new tab), out of her baking hobby.
"For a long time I’ve had a passion for baking and have loved making special wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family," James continued.
"I’ve had great feedback from those who’ve enjoyed my cakes or seen my Instagram @bakedbybecks and it’s my intention to now pursue this passion as a business, along with some exciting other projects going forward."
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Egan Bernal takes next step of his comeback at altitude training camp in Andorra
The Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner on the road to recovery after horror crash in January
By Tom Thewlis • Published
'It felt like a bit of a bad dream' — Fred Wright on Bahrain Victorious police raids
British rider has twice been through police searching his hotel at the Tour de France
By Adam Becket • Published
Becky James takes silver and Katy Marchant wins bronze in women's sprint
Germany's Kristina Vogel took the gold after beating Becky James 2-0 in the final of the Olympic women's sprint
By Richard Windsor • Published
Becky James and Katy Marchant progress to 1/8 final of track sprint
Team GB pair of Becky James and Katy Marchant both came through their track sprint rounds to progress at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
By Jack Elton-Walters • Published
Becky James beats Victoria Pendleton's Olympic Record in women's sprint qualifying
The British rider went off early in the order and beat the Olympic Record of compatriot Victoria Pendleton
By Jack Elton-Walters • Published
Silver for Becky James in women's keirin in Rio; Elis Ligtlee takes gold
Britain's Becky James secures silver medal in the women's keirin at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
By Nigel Wynn • Published
Team GB track cyclists show off their Olympic kit
Track cyclists were at the NEC in Birmingham this week to pick up their Olympic Games kit and pose for these photos
By Stuart Clarke • Published
Laura Trott second in omnium on final day of track worlds
By Simon Richardson • Published