Lucy Shaw, 20
Drops, Girona, Spain
How’s Girona? There are so many English-speaking cyclists here that you never feel too lonely or feel like you are in a different country away from home. I have a good base and I am settled. I know my way around having been here all year and it feels like home.
Why Girona? It’s mainly the warmer climate and the training roads are great. But it’s also nice to have a break from Belgium as so much of the racing is there. It’s nice to be able to get away from that.
What type of rider are you? Tough one-day races, like the Classics, suit me. I am more of a sprinter but I am still trying to figure out what I am exactly. I’m definitely not a climber. I enjoy Belgian racing and in the future I’d like to be competitive in the Classics.
What’s Drops like? Bob and Tom Varney work so hard behind the scenes to get us a good calendar and we are really fortunate that we have so many great opportunities. There’s a great bunch of girls and we’re all really good friends.
Have you had a good season? It’s been up and down. I’ve had quite a lot of heavy crashes that have been tough to get over. In June I hit some road furniture, hurt my elbow and broke a few fingers so I was off the bike and on the turbo for a few weeks. It’s been an unlucky season that hasn’t gone quite as well as I’d hoped for or am capable of.
Next season’s aims? To build on this year, get stuck into the Classics again, to be able to do a good role for the team and hopefully not fall off my bike as much!