After a 14 month battle with cervical cancer, 43-year-old Sharon Laws passed away this morning, with her close family at her side.
At the age of 33, Sharon turned professional after discovering a love for cycling. A stellar career saw her ride at the 2008 Olympics for Great Britain, secure British national titles in road, time trial, and mountain bike, winning the Queen of the Mountains jersey at the Women's Tour, as well as a world championship bronze medal in the team time trial.
Alongside numerous successes on the road, she won mountain bike events such as the Cape Epic, a tough race in South Africa on several occasions.
In recent times, Sharon had begun to commentate on television, with knowledge and passion, on the national championships, the Women’s Tour and La Course.
Sharon touched the hearts of many and was a dearly loved daughter, dedicated and hard-working teammate to many and a valued member of the cycling community. Best known for her infectious laugh, Sharon leaves behind a legacy of passion for cycling and enthusiasm for sport, and will be remembered for her enthusiasm, positivity and genuine love of life.
A British Cycling spokesman said:
“Everyone who loves cycling will be affected by Sharon’s passing. She was as big-hearted and determined in life as she was on a bike, and represented our country and our sport with distinction. The thoughts of everyone at British Cycling are with her friends and family.”