CYCLING star Lucy Shaw clinched victory at the National Championships in her first season with a professional team.
The Solihull Cycling Club rider, who is sponsored by signs and graphics giant Hollywood Monster, took the top spot in the Junior Women’s Scratch Race at the British Cycling Youth & Junior Track Championships which were held at the Manchester velodrome.
The win came just days after she took silver in the Junior Women Points Race in the same championships event.
Hollywood Monster signed up as an official sponsor of Matrix Fitness, a team at the forefront of the development of women’s cycling in the UK, in December last year and sponsors Lucy so that she can focus on building a career as a professional cyclist.
Tim Andrews, managing director of Birmingham-based Hollywood Monster and a keen cyclist, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to see that Lucy is already taking the competitive cycling world by storm, taking medals and winning her first major junior tournament since joining Matrix Fitness development team.
“We’re pleased that our support has enabled her to make such a solid start in her cycling career. She is definitely an athlete to keep an eye on for the future.”
Lucy said she was happy with her medal haul and is now focusing on road racing.
She said: “Matrix Fitness, and, perhaps even more so, Hollywood Monster have given me a big opportunity.
“The road has been tough this season because of taking some time off for my exams, but to know I have a national title it’s made it a great first year with Matrix Fitness.
“I’ve got some more road and track racing this season and then it’s full focus on a successful step up the elite ranks.”
Matrix Fitness team manager Stefan Wyman added: “Lucy has been great this year. We’ve tried to ensure she’s had a well-rounded year of experiences, despite her exams being the obvious priority.
“She learnt a lot at Tour of Brittany, she’s been impressive in our training camps, and now she has national stripes. That’s a pretty impressive season in our books. We’re very grateful to Hollywood Monster for making our development programme possible in 2015.”