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by Shane Stokes
December 22, 2017
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The news broke at the end of 2016. Just weeks after announcing her retirement from professional cycling, former British national champion Sharon Laws revealed that she was suffering from cervical cancer. By the time of diagnosis, the illness was widespread and Laws described the condition as “treatable but not curable.”
She continued riding throughout the chemo treatments and even tackled the gruelling Taiwan challenge in the spring, but she knew her days were running out. Things turned for the worst in November of 2017, and on December 16, 2017, Laws passed.
An accomplished road and mountain bike racer, Laws turned professional in 2008 at age 33 while riding for Team Halfords Bikehut. She helped Nicole Cooke win gold in the Beijing Olympic road race that same year.
Laws went on to establish herself as one of the hardest working domestiques in the peloton, riding for a number of well-known teams including the Garmin-Cervelo, AA Drink – leontien.nl, UnitedHealthcare and Bigla Pro Cycling. She retired at 42 after winning the British mountain bike marathon championships. Already a former national time trial and road race champion, this was her third national title.
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