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Solihull's Lucy Shaw wins gold at the UK Schools Games

LIGHTNING fast Lucy Shaw has won a gold medal at the UK School Games in London.

LIGHTNING fast Lucy Shaw has won a gold medal at the UK School Games in London.

Representing the West Midlands, the 15-year-old Solihull Cycling Club rider came away as the strongest female rider over a series of different disciplines held over three days.

On day one, over a 46km circuit near Redbridge she made the break in the front group and survived very difficult climbs to grab a fourth in the bunched sprint.

Just 24 hours later in the mini-criterium series she took a bronze medal in the four lap race.

Then in the scratch race she showed her track racing prowess whittling down her opponents one-by-one, lap-after-lap to take the coveted gold medal, covering 10km at an average speed of over 25 miles per hour.

Shaw, together with clubmates Natalie Clements and Sophie Faulkener, plus Lichfield CCC rider Isobel Clarke, made-up the regional team and in their all-black skinsuits came 5th in the team time trial to secure an overall third in the track events.

The teams all stayed in the London 2012 Olympic village and their performances took place under the watchful gaze of British Cycling coaches.

Shaw also finished second at the National Track Youth Omnium at Wolverhampton’s Aldersley Stadium putting her in a great position to qualify for the National Youth Omnium Finals, the next round of which takes place this Sunday at Halesowen’s Manor Way track.

 

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