He won an amateur schoolboy’s title but was stripped of it when it was alleged 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 sources of cash – times were tough, but so was he. My father rode the Essendon board track as a back marker and 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 I 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 Titles in Leige where 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 my first year as a 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 a pro, I later retired to run my existing 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 too 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 and maintaining an active lifestyle, 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 to our family and I have been very fortunate to ride alongside my children. My daughter Natalie won a state junior title, while my son Patrick has had a notable career winning junior titles before representing Australia as an under -19 road rider.
Patrick has also raced in France successfully at junior level. He raced 2 years in Italy in the under-25 elite level achieving terrific results in such a competitive environment. Patrick then went onto race throughout other countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Malaysia, China and Japan, before returning to Australia to win the National Road Series and Scody Cup Series in 2010.
Patrick is now married with young son Carter and is looking forward to teaching him to ride on his first bike and sharing the memories.
My son Cameron is also a very good veteran rider who currently rides on scratch and is very handy on the track. His son Zac held the Australian under-19 kilometre title.
– Dennis Shaw
After a very successful cycling career Dennis has continued his passion for cycling by delivering an unrivalled level of service since 1980, his drive has never altered over that time and he continues to be driven to helping more people ride and enjoy their riding experience to the maximum. A Melbourne to Warrnambool winner in 1978, you can see a framed finishing photo and jersey in store.
Recently retired professional cyclist, Patrick offers the highest level of advice for customers, whether you be teaching your child how to ride or get off training wheels or whether you’re wanting to tackle racing for the first time, Pat can help, he also offers instore bike fits for those wanting to get the best out of the performance. He is passionate about bike riding and the sport of cycling, he coaches current National U23 Road Champion Nick White and U19 National Criterium Champion Jesse Norton, both athletes are Ballarat locals and can often be found in store completing training sessions set by Pat.
Starting with the store at 14 years of age James been with the store for 31 years, he has a passion for restoration of old school bikes including BMX, dragster and race bikes, you can find in store a full range of old school components which is a direct influence of James. With his 31 years of experience James is an incredible mechanic and has the ability to solve problems others cannot. James has incredible knowledge of the history of bikes, with a collection of more than 50 old school bikes.
Braden has more than 14 years of experience in the bike industry, he specialises in forks and suspension servicing. He can be found at all of the major international races over summer as he works in the neutral spares vehicles for SRAM. Braden has a passion for Energy Break Through (EBT), he is often solving problems for schools and teams with their trikes that are competing around the state.
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