A Day in the Life with Walker and Luca Shaw

Oct 31, 2013
by Matthew DeLorme  
2013 brought big things for Walker and Luca Shaw the brothers from Hendersonville North Carolina took their first steps into the arena of World Cup racing. While walker took the Junior US National Championship title Luca took his first Jr. World Cup podium at Val Di Sole. Unfortunately Walker broke his wrist in Andorra effectively side-lining him for the remainder of the season after World Champs It was really frustrating breaking my wrist again in Andorra. The rest of the season was a struggle but I still had a blast. Now as fall weather moves in the Shaws are at home reflecting on their experiences of the summer past preparing for the summer that lies ahead and having a little bit of fun while they re at it. World Cup season will be here before we know it and it s best not to rest on one s laurels.

2013 brought big things for Walker and Luca Shaw; the brothers from Hendersonville, North Carolina, took their first steps into the arena of World Cup racing. While Walker took the Junior US National Championship title, Luca took his first Jr. World Cup podium at Val Di Sole. Unfortunately, Walker broke his wrist in Andorra, effectively side-lining him for the remainder of the season after World Champs, “It was really frustrating breaking my wrist again in Andorra. The rest of the season was a struggle, but I still had a blast.”

Now, as fall weather moves in, the Shaws are at home reflecting on their experiences of the summer past, preparing for the summer that lies ahead, and having a little bit of fun while they’re at it. World Cup season will be here before we know it, and it’s best not to rest on one’s laurels.

It s ten of seven and the Shaws are up and at the table for breakfast before heading to school.
  It's ten of seven and the Shaws are up and at the table for breakfast before heading to school.

It might not be fun but it has to be done. School is out and it s time to ride.
  It might not be fun, but it has to be done. School is out and it's time to ride.

The race room. A season s worth of racing tires and all the gear needed for travel are put away waiting until the start of spring.
  The race room. A season's worth of racing tires and all the gear needed for travel are put away, waiting until the start of spring.

Strength training is a regular part of the Shaw s training regimen. The boys hit the gym a few times a week.
  Strength training is a regular part of the Shaw's training regimen. The boys hit the gym a few times a week.

Luca Shaw is perhaps the more introspective of the brothers. The gears are grinding in-between sets at the gym.
  Luca Shaw is perhaps the more introspective of the brothers. The gears are grinding in-between sets at the gym.

Cycling is ingrained in the Shaw family. Doug Shaw works on his cyclocross bike in the kitchen while Luca catches up on plans for the day.
  Cycling is ingrained in the Shaw family. Doug Shaw works on his cyclocross bike in the kitchen, while Luca catches up on plans for the day.

Luca does a little pump track maintenance as the leaves are falling fast in North Carolina.
  Luca does a little pump track maintenance, as the leaves are falling fast in North Carolina.

The back yard pump track is a good outlet to let off steam play and keep skills sharp.
  The back yard pump track is a good outlet to let off steam, play, and keep skills sharp.

Luca Shaw having a little afternoon backyard fun.
  Luca Shaw having a little afternoon backyard fun.

 The Plan . Becoming a top World Cup rider is not something that happens overnight and raw talent will only take one so far. Walker goes over his plan for the next year rehab form injury goals and even fun time.
  "The Plan". Becoming a top World Cup rider is not something that happens overnight, and raw talent will only take one so far. Walker goes over his plan for the next year; rehab form injury, goals, and even fun time.

The inner sanctum. So many bikes in the stable. Walker picks his weapon of choice for the day s training ride.
  The inner sanctum. So many bikes in the stable. Walker picks his weapon of choice for the day's training ride.

Some creeks must be crossed on foot it s all just part of the fun.
  Some creeks must be crossed on foot, it's all just part of the fun.

Up early to ride. Watching the sunrise from a mountain top is just one of the rewards of getting a morning training ride in.
  Up early to ride. Watching the sunrise from a mountain top is just one of the rewards of getting a morning training ride in.

Most of Walker and Luca s training is done on the trail bike. With hundreds of miles of trail in the immediate vicinity of their house the options are endless.
  Most of Walker and Luca's training is done on the trail bike. With hundreds of miles of trail in the immediate vicinity of their house, the options are endless.

Luca getting steezy on the local trails. Yes he can throw around 29 inch wheels just as well as he can 26 inch wheels.
  Luca getting steezy on the local trails. Yes, he can throw around 29 inch wheels just as well as he can 26 inch wheels.

There is nothing like having a good friend confidant and brother to push you in your riding. Walker and Luca while highly competitive are always pushing each other and always stoked on what the other has achieved.
  There is nothing like having a good friend, confidant, and brother to push you in your riding. Walker and Luca, while highly competitive, are always pushing each other and always stoked on what the other has achieved.

That s right. 29r roost brought to you by Walker Shaw.
  That's right. 29r roost brought to you by Walker Shaw.

Luca has found great success in his first year on the World cup circuit. First steps are always the hardest but now with a full season under his belt he is looking to solidify his position as a top junior in the World Cup.
  Luca has found great success in his first year on the World Cup circuit. First steps are always the hardest, but now with a full season under his belt, he is looking to solidify his position as a top junior in the World Cup.

Walker just one month out of a cast from a broken wrist is back on the bike and slaying it on his home trails. While the injury may have put a damper on his World Cup season he takes positive lessons from it and will apply them to next season.
  Walker, just one month out of a cast from a broken wrist is back on the bike and slaying it on his home trails. While the injury may have put a damper on his World Cup season, he takes positive lessons from it, and will apply them to next season.

Every ride is an adventure and serious training should not be without rewards. Stopping to take in the sights plays a role in keeping a sound mind.
  Every ride is an adventure and serious training should not be without rewards. Stopping to take in the sights plays a role in keeping a sound mind.

At the end of the day the boys take time to work on their bikes clean them up and have them ready and waiting for tomorrow.
  At the end of the day, the boys take time to work on their bikes, clean them up, and have them ready and waiting for tomorrow.

Not a bad view at the end of the day. Walker and Luca would like to thank SRAM Specialized Monster Energy Troy Lee Designs 100 Percent Goggles Industry Nine Wheels Sycamore Cycles and especially their parents and each other for all the help and support. Here s to seeing you do great things next year guys.
  Not a bad view at the end of the day. Walker and Luca would like to thank, SRAM, Specialized, Monster Energy, Troy Lee Designs, 100 Percent Goggles, Industry Nine Wheels, Sycamore Cycles and especially their parents and each other for all the help and support.

Here's to seeing you do great things next year, guys.

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50 Comments

  • 108 1
 I made a promise to myself that I will support my kids, when I have them, in whatever they want to do. When I was growing up, my parents wouldn't let me have a dirt bike and didn't really support me racing bikes, and I was a kid so I couldn't drive myself or buy a bmx race bike, although they did occasionally take me to the skatepark. Mainly my dad really wanted me to pick up golf, tennis and basketball, etc, the "traditional sports". I don't blame them, but I can't help but wonder where I would be if they did support me in my two wheeled passions. I had a good bit of talent on anything two wheeled when I was younger and if I had the proper nurturing of that talent no telling where I would be now. But you can't change the past, only the future, and that is why I ride and train everyday now and will listen to my kids and pay attention to there talents and support them.

I sure hope the Shaw kids don't take it for granted, and by the looks of it, it does not look like they have.
  • 9 0
 Yeah, your last sentence is a big factor, ultimately becoming a top athlete you got to have the drive, all the support in the world can't make up for that. But kids with drive and no support do got a hard time, esp. in sports like ours.
  • 4 0
 I spent few years around the entire family. I assure you they take nothing for granted and their attitudes,raw talent and kindness they show towards everyone will take them further. Absolutely one of the greatest brothers and entire family I have had the pleasure to be around.
  • 4 0
 i know these kids, ive gotten to ride with them a few times, they are great kids, humble and driven, they absolutely desserve every bit of success they achieve and will do WNC proud
  • 6 0
 Well said! That's a hard comment to make without sounding like you are making excuses or being big headed! It made me think about how much support my parents give me, especially my mum who drives me to races or to bike parks to train, and I often take it for granted! Truly humbling comment
  • 1 0
 wtf my brother hates that i mountain bike and this kids brother rides with him. i always have the worst luckFrown
  • 1 0
 prestonDH Amen!
  • 1 0
 The Shaw bros are defiantly some cool guys
  • 1 0
 I think I was drunk.... Hah
  • 25 0
 Makes you me realize, we all live in the same 24 hours, how am I using it...
  • 24 1
 the wiseness in your words forgives your grammar
  • 1 0
 I think I was drunk... Hah
  • 16 1
 So awesome to see brothers as professional riders! The McCaul's, Lacondeguy's, Atherton's, Van Steenbergen's, Godziek's, Shaw's. I'm sure there's more I've missed.
  • 26 0
 Super Mario bros...oh forgot they are plumbers. but Wallner's from Sweden both race DH at WC level.
  • 2 1
 Seems like dom and brian put so much damage on shaw they decided to ride bikes .
  • 5 0
 Wynn and eddie masters
  • 4 0
 Me and my brother race at a cat 1 level. Nothing like have a brother to ride with.
  • 3 0
 The Mulallys. Neko and Logan.
  • 6 0
 BYT is where I do my training,,Charlotte NC...Them boyz represent pure talent and rawness in it's true form..Yeah I think they will both be top up the podium with Jay Fesperman ,,alll rip,,,NC
  • 2 0
 I spent a few years around the entire family. I assure you they take nothing for granted and their attitudes,raw talent and kindness they show towards everyone will take them further. Absolutely one of the greatest brothers and entire family I have had the pleasure to be around.
  • 4 0
 I want to take these kids, and their parents, put in a machine and reproduce a few thousand of them. Great kids, great parents.
  • 2 0
 See them every day at school. Walker and Luca representing the Hendersonville High School and WNC! I only wish I could be as good as those two someday. Unfortunately I didn't get enough chances to ride until I got my liscense and job to pay for gas.
  • 4 0
 Thank you Mr.DeLorme for showing a story about this awesome family. They are amazing BMX racers as well! Good luck guys!
  • 2 0
 The secod picture is intense focus on all of them,,,straight ready to just crush it...Solid,,,The last picture is Dem there Mtns. Epic..when you get a chance to see this happen..Blessed..
  • 2 0
 I've been at a few races with the two brothers and there father and they seem nothing but respectful towards there father and everyone else. The definitely don't let the hype get to them!
  • 4 0
 I signed off as their legal guardian at Snowshoe Pro GRT and they made me very proud! Good luck men!
  • 2 0
 Awesome write up Matt! I was in the same position as the father when I was a kid. As new soon to be dad I have the exact same promise to myself for my daughter. That's AWESOME parenting.
  • 2 0
 Me and my mate got to share a lift with them at the fort william world cup, both really nice guys! Smile
  • 4 2
 Wow, if only I had that support
  • 12 2
 If only doesn't get things done!
  • 1 0
 But if only would be nice for a weekend warrior too Big Grin
  • 5 2
 That's a lot of tires.
  • 2 0
 Cool writeup. Those trail pics look like Dupont. Study hard boys.
  • 3 1
 And to think my ex-girlfriends sits next to them in one of their classes.
  • 2 0
 great to see more and more DH talent coming from the states.
  • 2 0
 dad is working on his bike in the kitchen.... thats awesome!
  • 1 0
 How's that knot on the inner quad of single leg press brother? Needs to be rolled maybe...haha/way to work hard.
  • 1 0
 That Stumpy sho looks nice!
  • 1 0
 I've never seen a 29er that made me drool before. I think it's all about how those boys are riding them honestly. Best of luck!
  • 1 1
 Whats up with the ibis cx bike when every other bike they ride is specialized?
  • 1 1
 Caption says its their Dad's, Doug Shaw's bike.
  • 1 2
 That's dad's old bike I assume.
  • 1 1
 it has a new enve fork on it.......
  • 1 0
 My babies! All grown up :,)
  • 1 0
 The photo of both riding at the same time is PppppOooooDdddd
  • 1 0
 We have it pretty good here in NC.
  • 2 4
 must be nice to be rich
  • 7 0
 Not Rich.....working hard, natural talent, being well mannered and well spoken which earned them awesome sponsors. Proof that focus, hard work and dedication pay off.
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