Sharon Laws is a multi-disciplinary professional cyclist who competes on the international scene for Great Britain. During the early part of her career, she started out by competing in endurance mountain biking events and other types of adventure racing. In 2004 and 2009 she teamed up with partner Hanlie Booyens to win the women’s section of the gruelling two person, eight day, 700 kilometre Cape Epic endurance MTB event in South Africa.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya on July 7 1974, Laws also lived in Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia, before settling in the UK. She only began riding on the road as part of her training regime for mountain biking. However, she showed enough aptitude to come second in the Australian National Championship whilst living in the country and working as an environmental adviser for the Rio Tinto mining company. It was after this race that she was approached by Dave Brailsford and took a sabbatical from her career to sign for Team Halfords Bikehut for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2008 she also won the British National Time Trial Championships, but a crash put paid to her medal hopes at the Beijing Olympics.
Since then she has gone on to ride for Garmin-Cervélo, AA Drink – leontien.nl and Lotto Belisol Ladies. 2012 saw her sadly miss out on selection for the Olympic team, but pick up another gold medal at the British National Time Trial Championships, as well as a bronze in the Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships.