Former British professional cyclist Sharon Laws passed away early this morning after battling cancer over the past year.
The news was announced on the @Voxwomen Twitter account which stated: “This morning the cycling world lost a champion, a friend, a rider with a huge smile and a fantastic laugh. Sharon Laws passed away early this morning after her fight with cancer. Her mum Joy and her family have asked for privacy at this time. RIP Sharon Laws 1974 – 2017.”
Sharon raced both MTB and road and amongst her off-road highlights were wins in the Cape Epic MTB Stage Race in South Africa and top tens in race such as TransAlps and Grand Raid Crist Alp.
In 2008, Sharon switched to the road, signing for Team Halfords Bikehut and she won the British National Time Trial Championships in her first season with the team. She went on to race for some of the biggest teams in women’s cycling including Garmin–Cervélo, AA Drink–leontien.nl, Lotto Belisol Ladies and UnitedHealthcare.
Amongst her wins during an illustrious career were the British National Road Race Championships in 2012, the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge and stage wins at the Tour de l’Aude Cycliste Féminin and Tour Cycliste Féminin International.
Sharon announced her retirement from professional cycling in August 2016, just two months before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.