Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins stage two of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, Drucker holds race lead; Resurgent Betancur ensures Movistar comes out best on day one of Hammer Series Limburg; Prologue winner Le Bon takes stage one of the Boucles de la Mayenne; Despite quiet season, Froome confident ahead of Dauphiné; Former race winner Talansky spearheads Cannondale-Drapac in Critérium du Dauphiné; Martin the designated leader of Quick Step Floors team at the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cannondale-Drapac team plays down talk title sponsor is leaving; Laws speaks about living, and riding, with cancer; Critérium du Dauphiné set to race Alpe d’Huez from a new direction; Blythe says he was forced to apologise to dangerous driver; Ultracycling legend Mike Hall’s ashes being transported on poignant final journey; Lucy Kennedy awarded twelfth Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship; Wanda Sport’s Ironman further expands cycling involvement with purchase of Competitor Group Holdings; Video: JLT Condor Pro Cycling Team; Video: onboard graphics from the Hammer Series

Laws speaks about living, and riding, with cancer

by VeloClub

Since last year former Cervélo Test Team, Lotto Belisol and Bigla Pro Cycling Team rider Sharon Laws has been fighting stage four cervical cancer which had spread to her lymph nodes. She underwent surgery after her diagnosis and in October began a six-month course of chemotherapy.

In a very frank interview with Rouleur, she has spoken about her diagnosis, her treatment and her determination to keep cycling.

Here’s an excerpt.

With just one six letter word her plans vanished. Rather than travel and explore a new world of opportunity opened by casting off the shackles of the pro’s life, she returned to the UK to make regular, three-week visits to a hospital in Cheltenham. There she went to sit in a tiny room with patients in their sixties and seventies; so much older than her that during one of her first visits her mother was mistaken for the patient and she was mistaken for her carer. From 8:30am to 4:00pm she was imprisoned in her chair, hooked up to a machine that slowly pumped poison into her body. Forget the challenge and grim endurance of racing and training.

“It’s horrible, I hate it,” she says. “If I make myself tired in the days leading up to it, I find I can sleep through it.”

Cycling is Laws’ salvation. Building back up in the wake of the first few days following a chemotherapy session, she clocks two hours a day in the first week before riding more often and for longer distances. Besides helping her sleep through treatment, the bike gives her the personal space she craves in her condensed world. The hours spent in the fresh air, thinking of nothing in particular but the sound of the wind in the trees, the quaint cottages and country houses and the animals peering through the thickets; being on two wheels gives her back her life.

“There have been studies that have shown that exercise [during chemotherapy] actually reduces fatigue. And I’m never really pushing myself, my heart rate doesn’t go above 125 bpm. I’m happy just riding my bike. It’s easy to get down if you don’t do anything, if you don’t get out, you don’t get fresh air.”

Click through to read more at Rouleur.