LEADING Ballarat cyclist Pat Shaw says this weekend’s Melbourne-to-Warrnambool race could be his last professional outing.
The event, coupled with the Shipwreck Coast race, is the penultimate leg in the National Road Series but will be the finale for Huon Salmon/Genesys-Wealth Advisers – the team Shaw captains – because his team cannot be beaten in team and individual classifications for the series.
A season break before the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat in January allows Shaw the time to mull over his next career move.
“At this stage, personally, I’m undecided – I’m 50-50 on whether I’ll ride next year,” Shaw said.
“I have options from other teams but whether that’s what I want to do yet, I’m not sure.
“(The decision) is completely about family.
“I want to spend more time with my young son and try to do more around home.”
Results from last week’s eight-stage Tour of Tasmania has allowed Huon Salmon/Genesys-Wealth Advisers to top the team’s classification for a fourth consecutive year in the NRS.
The team holds a 225 point aggregate leading into the Melbourne-to-Warrnambool, clear of second-ranked Budget Forklifts (156 points).
Jack Haig (85 points) and teammate Nathan Earle (83) sit first and second in the individual aggregate rankings and are poised to deliver the team its second individual win for the series in four years.
Shaw played a key support role for the team’s climbers in last week’s challenging weather conditions that included three high mountain finishes – one ended in snow – and one stage was cancelled due to strong winds.
But a flat Devonport Criterium on the final stage allowed Shaw to unleash.
Shaw finished third in a sprint finish.
“(Sunday) was a flatter stage and was more for a bit of fun,” Shaw said.
“It wasn’t really that serious.”
The hard work almost done, Shaw said he was looking forward to some time to “put the legs up” and plot his next move.