Number 16: Julia Shaw
Last year’s position: N/A
Julia Shaw had a remarkable season, which peaked with a bronze medal in the time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
It feels wrong to mention that she is 45 years old but it cannot be overlooked that she regularly crushes riders 15 and 20 years younger.
She has dominated the domestic time trialling scene for a number of years and won the BBAR, the Best British All-Rounder title, for the fourth time this season. The rankings are calculated by taking the average speed of each rider’s best ride in 25, 50 and 100-mile time trials.
At the National Championships, Shaw was second, beaten only by Emma Pooley, who would go on to win the World Championships. And Pooley won by only 19 seconds.
Shaw’s call-up to the England team for the Commonwealths was thoroughly deserved, particularly considering the type of course, which was an out-and-back track that was as close to the type of courses she excels on at home.
In searing heat, Shaw finished just 10 seconds off the winning time of Canadian Tara Whitten.
It was a result which finally put into context her dominance at home. Frequently a winner by several minutes, it could be argued that the level of competition is not as high as it could be. But her performances in the Nationals and Commonwealths prove that on certain courses, she is of international level calibre.
Cycling Weekly’s Top British Riders of 2010 advent calendar: We will reveal one rider per day behind the virtual doors of our sparkly advent calendar from Wednesday December 1 to Christmas Eve, Friday December 24. The top eight will then be revealed in Cycling Weekly magazine’s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 30 2010.