The mother of a world champion cyclist has been injured after being knocked off her bike. Becky James, 25, who won two golds at the 2013 World Championships and two silvers at the Rio 2016 Olympics, urged people to “PLEASE think once, think twice, think BIKE!!!!” after her mother Christine’s crash in Monmouthshire on Thursday.
The champion cyclist added the words “My poor Mumma” and the image of a broken heart as she retweeted a photograph of her injured mother, who she said was lucky to escape with only a fractured pelvis and bruised lungs.
In a tweet, Christine, of Abergavenny, south Wales, said: “Not how I was expecting my Thursday afternoon ride to end. Think once, think twice, think bike.”
Her husband, Dai, said that despite the injuries, Christine was “very lucky, as hit sideways at speed”, while her son, Gareth, tweeted: “Huge shock when you are driving to work and see your mum being treated on the side of the road. Got the heart racing.”
Former and current teammates of Becky’s flooded social media with their good wishes. Olympic cycling gold medallists Dani King, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker and Rio bronze medallist Katy Marchant all sent their best wishes.
Two-time world triathlon champion Helen Jenkins added: “Hope she is OK, Becky. Riding a bike can be so scary and dangerous at times. Take care xx”
Gwent police said they had received a report of a collision between a female cyclist and a car at about 12.15pm. A spokesman said: “The female cyclist was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries, which were not thought to be life-threatening.”