SOLIHULL CC’s track star Lucy Shaw took to the boards of the National Velodrome in Manchester at the weekend to compete alongside Olympic medallists from London 2012 in the Revolution race meeting.
The line-up included Gold medal pursuit team GB member Ed Clancy, and gold and silver medallists from the Olympic women’s road race Marianne Vos of the Netherlands and our own Lizzie Armistead. But it was Solihull CC’s Lucy Shaw who won the opening sprint in the DHL Future Stars Points Race.
It’s the latest landmark in an incredible year for Lucy which has seen her selected for the Team GB Talent Team, just one rung away from the Olympic Development Programme.
It’s a dream she’s held since her Dad took her at the age of six to the outdoor track at Halesowen, now almost ten years on the dream is realised.
“Being selected for talent team was so important, the selection had been in the back of my mind since the start of the season, all I wanted to do was impress the national coaches at each event,” said Lucy.
“I don’t think that my dad thought that taking me along to that one Friday night would ever lead to the amount of cycling and racing I do now!”
The 16 year old recognises that she’s fortunate enough to have both Mum & Dad as coaches in Solihull Cycling Club – and in 12 year old Matt, a racing brother too.
“I love to watch him race and train with him, apart from when he beats me of course!
“Our house before a big weekend away racing is mad! Bikes, spare wheels, and race bags everywhere! It’s so stressful sometimes I wonder how we actually make it to the race!”
Shaw is just part of a development programme at Solihull CC which has seen its youth riders grow from the four back in 2004 to over 100 riders now.
For many of them, she is a great role model, but for Lucy herself she looks to Olympic Omnium Champion Laura Trott as her inspiration,
“I hope to achieve the same she has – Olympic Champion,” said Shaw, and who’s to say that in a few years, she won’t.