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History

The Shaw's name in cycling goes back to the depression years when my father worked to support his cycling racing ambition and his passion for the sport. Milking cows, returning them to the common, walking greyhounds daily and then returning for a solid training session.

He won an amateur schoolboys title but was stripped of it when it was alledged he had raced for money. As a pro he raced the track meetings in search of funds. There was always the boxing tent and the running races as possible cash gainers, at times it was tough and so was he in fact. My father rode the essendon board track as a back marker where later become a coach having trained or guided many of our past olympians including Kathy Watt.  

I began racing when i was almost 16. My first race was against senior riders in a handicap event. Having no exerience of racing I somehow finished 4th in the sprint against an all but scratch field. 3 months later went on to win my first title in the western district junior race. After many victories including a state track title i turned senior, representing my state in the Australian titles at the age of 18 along with dual honours in the Melbourne to Colac. 

After years of hard work and many cycling events I represented Australia at the Road World Title in Leige were I travelled to New Caladonia and also raced in europe for 3 months. After winning 3 Australian team time titles I then turned "pro" which was a thrilling time in my life, my passion and love of the sport was being greatly rewarded. In first year as pro I was fated to win the Melbourne to Warrnambool which meant a great deal to me and my family, being so close to home and the the area I love. Riding for 3 wonderful years as pro, I later retired to run my exsisting business again so I could pass on my passion in hope to give some other young person the opportunity. 

The love of cycling and racing was to much and I made a comeback at the age of 42 winning both the Melbourne to Ballarat along with the Fred Icke at Creswick. Nowadays i enjoy training, maintaining active lifetsyle so that I can remain as healthy as possible to keep up with my family, especially the grandchildren.  

Like many families, cycling has provided years of enjoyment too our family and I have been very fortunate ride along side my children. My daughter Natalie won a state junior title while my son Patrick has had a notable career winning junior titles and other other highlights such as representing Australia as a under 19 road rider. Patrick has also raced in France succesfully at junior level. He raced 2 years in Italy in the under 25 elite level achieving terrific results in such a competitive environment. Patrick has gone onto to race throughout other countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Malaysia, China and Japan. He has been with genesys wealth proffessional team for the past 2 seasons and has been successful winning the national road series in 2010, placed 3rd in 2011 and also won the Scody Cup series in 2010. Added to Patrick's success, he has collected 7 hard fought majors in the last 2 1/2 seasons. Patrick is now married with young son carter and is looking forward teaching him to ride on his first bike and sharing the memories.  

My son Cameron is a very good veteran rider who currently rides on scratch and is very handy on the track. His son Zac holds the Australian under 19, kilometre title which he broke last season and is currently preparing for the world track titles in new zealand in August 2012.