SOLIHULL Cycling Club’s Lucy Shaw has returned from Europe after playing a significant part in the Team GB Women’s squad in Belgium and Holland last weekend.
Shaw, aged 15, made up a Sky team of four Under-16 riders for the 50 km, Omloop Van Strijen race. In tough cross-winds Shaw and her team-mates split the race field from 60 riders to a group of 20 in the first 5km.
With three local riders taking the spoils it was up to Shaw to lead the sprint train to set-up team mate Grace Garner for the bunch sprint, which she did to perfection bagging a top ten place in the process.
The riders of this area of Northern Europe are tenacious and strong and are used to the sharp ascents or ‘bergs’ in the route. For the Sky GB team to even contest these races speaks volumes of the riders and the coaching they’ve received.
Next up for Shaw was the West Flanders Championship through a very technical and twisty 56km course.
Despite a bout of sickness pre-race Shaw wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to race against some top European talent, and her efforts were rewarded.
While team mates Garner and Charlotte Broughton came home with a Sky Team GB 1-2, Shaw was able to use her sprint to claim seventh, all-in-all a truly outstanding European debut in a British jersey. Shaw now aims to return to the continent for the Youth Olympics in July.
Meanwhile back home, her team mate and Olympic Development squad rider Dannielle Khan was a winner at the Solihull Schools Sports Awards.
She was the first recipient of the ‘Tommy Godwin Award’ which is named after the Solihull CC former President who passed away last year aged 92.
Tommy had won two bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics and was an ambassador for London 2012.
His daughter Kay Jones was on hand to present the award to Dannielle and said “The great man would have been delighted!”