One of the biggest races on the British calendar, the Rapha Nocturne in London hosted some strong competition. With multiple attacks firing off from the gun, a strong counter from Neah Evans (Storey Racing) saw her solo away from the peloton. After twenty-five minutes of racing, it seemed that Evans had caught the bunch napping, still maintaining her lead of around thirty seconds, whilst the bunch fragmented behind.
It wasn’t until Barbara Guarischi (CANYON//SRAM Racing) and Annasley Park (DROPS) surged off the front and joined Evans, that the race seemed to light up. A lap later, Lucy Shaw (DROPS) followed suit, and after a few laps of picking off lapped riders and perfecting corners, bridged the gap to the leaders.
As the race entered the final five laps, another of Shaw’s teammates, Abbie Van Twisk made the junction to the leaders. Sensing she was outnumbered, Guarischi launched a violent attack through the most technical section of the course with Shaw on her wheel in an attempt to out manoeuvre the 19-year old. With a lap to go, there was just one lone leader from Storey Racing off the front, and so it was up to Shaw’s DROPS teammates to take up the readout from a kilometre to go. The two riders did a fantastic job in delivering Shaw to 200-meters to go, and carrying their speed, launched her trademark sprint, taking the win by over a bike length.
After a season marred by bad-luck and crashes, everyone at Epic Cycle Coaching is ecstatic to finally see Shaw’s hard work pay off. After the race, Shaw had this to say –
“I’m really happy with that. It was straight off from the go, I was on the back foot.
“My teammate bridged across and I sat tight for a bit. We formed a really good group together and I had a really good lead out from my teammates at the end, so I was pleased with that.
“I was confident that could do well, but I knew the competition was going to be really fierce.”