Shauna gearing up for busy week

Shauna gearing up for busy week
Ciaran O'Donnell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Letterkenny teenager, Shaun McFadden, will travel to England to compete in next week's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.

The talented 16-year-old TY student at Loreto School will be part of SunSport Velo - the well known women's development team based in Manchester.

The series will run alongside the well-established Pearl Izumi tour series on spectator friendly town and city centre circuits.

The series began back in May in Motherwell and Shauna will race in the final three events on Monday in Stevenage, in Croydon on Tuesday and in Croydon on Thursday.

Commenting on Shauna's invitation to be part of the SunSport Velo team, Jason Black, one of Shauna's mentors and sponsor, said it is just reward for her sterling efforts.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Shauna to compete with the best there is in the cycling world at the minute. It's an opportunity for her to see exactly where she is at and for us as coaches, it's a timely opportunity for us to see what we can do for Shauna to help her further development,” he said.

For a 16-year-old, Shaun has already enjoyed great success and after next week, she will return to to the UK to compete in a one day race over 116K on June 29th.

Has what it takes

“Shauna has what it takes to mix it with the best riders about and she has go to the point she's at through hard work, determination and self-belief,” Jason added.

“The UK is where it's happening and because of that, that is where Shauna needs to be. Four of the top ten women cyclists in the world are from the UK and the more racing and exposure Shauna can get competing there, the better,” he said.

Shauna's schedule for the year has already been mapped out. She will travel to Belgium for four weeks in the summer and link up with a team there. She will also take part in Ras Ban before competing in the national championships in September.

She recorded her first senior victory in Omagh in March and has since traveled to compete in Denmark.

“Hopefully, next week will be a springboard for Shauna as she continues on the upward curve. We wish here well,” Jason added.