|Full name||Sharon Laws|
7 July 1974|
|Died||16 December 2017(aged 43)|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)|
|Discipline||Road & MTB|
|2008–2009||Team Halfords Bikehut|
|2013||Lotto Belisol Ladies|
|2016||Podium Ambition Pro Cycling|
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
She gained an MSc in conservation and worked both before and during her cycling career as an environmental consultant to organisations including the British Government, the United Nations and for mining company Rio Tinto in Australia.
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. After turning professional at the age of 33, she made her base Girona, Spain, and undertook winter training in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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. 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. Laws crashed on the fifth stage but rejoined the peloton after a long chase. Her elbow needed a stitch but she could continue racing. She finished sixth overall.
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 but Laws crashed twice and came 35th of 62 finishers. Later in 2008 she won the British National Time Trial Championships.
In October 2015 she was announced as part of Podium Ambition Pro Cycling's squad for the 2016 season. Subsequently, in June 2016 she confirmed that she would retire from competition at the end of the season.
Retirement and death
Laws retired from professional cycling in August 2016. In October 2016 Laws announced that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer, for which she had started on a six-month course of chemotherapy. Laws died on 16 December 2017, aged 43.
- 1st, Women's Category, Absa Cape Epic, South Africa (8 day International MTB stage race)
- 8th Cape Argus Cycle Race, South Africa
- 5th TransAlps (8 day MTB International stage race, female pair)
- 6th Grand Raid Crist Alp, Switzerland (MTB 130 km, elite women)
- 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
- 1st, Women's Category, Absa Cape Epic
- 5th Australian National Road Race Championships, Ballarat (AUS)
- 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
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