As Becky’s handlers watch the clock, we cram in a few lighter topics. She’s known for using dance music and reggae to warm up and down. What was she listening to in Minsk?
“The music I listen to varies from competition to competition,” she says. “I’ll have one track that motivates me and in Minsk it was Tinie Tempah ‘Simply Unstoppable’. I had that on before every race, on repeat for 10 minutes.”
If the world of the elite rider seems elevated and distant, there’s another thing that connects Becky James with the rest of us: cake. She had a part time job in Abergavenny cake shop For The Love of Cake for two years. Her training rides were famously fuelled by cake.
“What’s my favourite cake? There’s too many! I do love carrot cake and a good chocolate brownie, but I’ve given up chocolate for Lent.” She tweeted her breakfast in For The Love Of Cake this morning, but no cakes were involved. “It was too early for cake,” she laughs."