If you think the Athertons are British cycling’s first family, you may want to think again. Abergavenny’s James family have plenty of road and track silverware and, thanks to Meg, look poised to shake up the world of downhill too.
Meg is the younger sister of Becky, who last year won two Olympic silver medals after recovering from a cancer scare, Ffion, a cyclocross champion, and Rachel, a gold medal winning tandem pilot for the British Para-cycling team. Cycling is simply in this family’s blood and it is in downhill and enduro that Meg has found her niche.
Meg has been the stand out force in the debut year of the junior women’s World Cup series winning both Fort William and Vallnord with daylight between her and the competition. She could well have won more had she not fractured her back in Lenzerheide. Thankfully she’s ok and is already back on the bike looking forwards to more success next year. We caught up with Meg for a quick chat about the stellar start to her downhill career.