Double world champion Becky James is determined to enjoy her homecoming at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester as she grants her rivals their wish by riding the individual sprint.
James will race in the UK for the first time since winning the keirin and individual sprint world titles in Minsk back in February with those two events plus the team sprint on her schedule.
The 21-year-old does so off the back of winning team sprint bronze at the European Championships in Apeldoorn, where she also finished seventh in the keirin and didn’t contest the individual sprint.
She opted to miss the British National Track Championships in September, rather racing in Japan’s keirin season, while her absence from the individual sprint in Apeldoorn raised eyebrows.
James missed out on medals on her previous Manchester Track Cycling World Cup appearances in 2009 and 2011 and is relishing competing on all fronts, even buoyed by her rivals’ comments.
“It [the European Championships] went better than I thought it was going to. It was a good bit of racing,” James told British Cycling.
“I always think racing is the best training, it was great to go and race there rather than go straight into the World Cup.
“I didn’t ride the sprint at the Europeans and some of the girls asked why. I said ‘I’m just getting back into it after Japan’ and they said ‘but you’re world sprint champion, you should be riding’.
“It’s nice to hear they want me to be riding. We ride Manchester three or four days a week. I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage but it’s great to be riding on a home track again,
“I’ve had four years full-time training in Manchester now and I think I’ve developed as a rider in those four years. I’m looking forward to racing and hopefully it will go well.”
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