Sharon Laws

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Sharon Laws
Sharon Laws, Mendrisio 2009 - Women Elite.jpg
Laws in the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland
Personal information
Full name Sharon Laws
Born (1974-07-07) 7 July 1974 (age 40)
Nairobi, Kenya
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)[1]
Team information
Current team UnitedHealthcare
Discipline Road & MTB
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2008–2009
2010–2011
2012
2013
2014–
Major wins
2008 British National Time Trial Champion
2012 British National Road Race Champion
2004 Absa Cape Epic Women's Category
2009 Absa Cape Epic Women's Category
Infobox last updated on
12 May 2014

Sharon Laws (born 7 July 1974)[2] is a British professional cyclist. She is an environmental advisor for the mining company, Rio Tinto, in Australia. She was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and has lived in Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the UK.[3]

Laws previously competed in adventure racing and endurance mountain biking. She won the eight-day Absa Cape Epic mountain-bike race in South Africa in 2004 with partner Hanlie Booyens. She then competed again with Booyens in the Women's Category in 2009, once again claiming 1st prize.

She began riding on the road to train for mountain biking and her form on the road was confirmed when she moved to Australia. She was approached to ride for Australia after coming second in the national championship in Ballarat, but the British official, Dave Brailsford, signed her for Team Halfords Bikehut.

Her first victory in the team came was the Cheshire Classic stage race, which she won after coming second on the first and second stages.[4] She got in the break on the first day in the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin but eased up on team orders to let Nicole Cooke catch the leaders. Cooke won the stage with Laws fifth.[5] Laws crashed on the fifth stage but rejoined the peloton after a long chase. Her elbow needed a stitch but she could continue racing.[6] She finished sixth overall.[5]

Her addition to the British team, which included Cooke and Emma Pooley, was expected to improve chances of a medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing[7] but Laws crashed twice and came 35th of 62 finishers. Later in 2008 she won the British National Time Trial Championships.

Laws at the 2012 Women's Tour of Thuringia
Laws winning the women's 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge

In 2012 she won the British National Road Race Championships.[8] In November 2013 it was announced that Laws would be racing for the new UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team in 2014.[9]

Palmarès[edit]

2004
1st, Women's Category, Absa Cape Epic, South Africa (8 day International MTB stage race)
8th Cape Argus Cycle Race, South Africa
2006
5th TransAlps (8 day MTB International stage race, female pair)
6th Grand Raid Crist Alp, Switzerland (MTB 130 km, elite women)
2007
1st Tour of Bright (road, elite women)
5th (fastest 22 km MTB leg) Anaconda Adventure Race (solo women)
1st Gravity 12 hour (MTB enduro, mixed pair)
2nd Chase the Sun 5 hour (MTB enduro, female solo)
3rd Tour of Coleraine (road, elite women)
1st Big Hill event (MTB enduro, elite women)
2nd Mars Challenge (21km run, 80 km ride, 30 km paddle, female solo)
2008 – Team Halfords Bikehut 2008 season
2nd Australian National Road Race Championships, Ballarat (AUS)
1st Cheshire Classic (GBR)
1st Stage 2, Cheshire Classic (GBR)
1st Olveston Women's Road Race (GBR)
1st British National Time Trial Championships
2009
1st, Women's Category, Absa Cape Epic
2010
1st Stage 1, Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin Team Time Trial
1st Stage 1, Tour Cycliste Féminin International
2012 – AA Drink-leontien.nl 2012 season
1st British National Road Race Championships
1st Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, South Africa
3rd Team time trial, 2012 UCI Road World Championships
2014
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification The Women's Tour[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography – LAWS Sharon". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Sharon Laws". Cycling Website. 
  3. ^ Paul Verkuylen (30 May 2008). "Matt Lloyd and Oenone Wood win Aussie nationals". Cyclingnews.com. 
  4. ^ "Cheshire Classic Women’s Road Race". British Cycling. 27 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "24th Tour de l'Aude – 2.2". Cycling News. 25 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Lionel Birnie (21 May 2008). "TOUR DE L'AUDE: LAWS HAS STITCH IN ELBOW AFTER CRASH". Cycling Weekly. 
  7. ^ "Cooke medal hopes boosted by Laws". BBC Sport. 17 April 2008. 
  8. ^ Cycling Weekly (2010-11-17). "Sharon Laws wins national road race title | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  9. ^ Bull, Nick (13 November 2013). "Sharon Laws and Hannah Barnes join UnitedHealthcare for 2014". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Marianne Vos wins inaugural women's race". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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