Kitchen Claims Sprint And Mountain Jerseys In Opening Stage Of Santos Women’s Cup

After an already successful summer racing campaign which includs major victories at the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic and the Shimano Super Criterium the Roxsolt Racing team has again left an impact on the women’s racing scene. Lauren Kitchen earned the Santos Women’s Cup sprinter’s jersey and Loren Rowney claimed the mountain jersey in the 59km opening road stage from Woodside to Murray Bridge in the Adelaide Hills.

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Continuing on from her impressive performances at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and National Championships Lauren Kitchen sprinted to second on the first stage of the Tour and has a narrow lead in the race’s sprint competition after picking up precious points in the only intermediate sprint of the day.

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After an aggressive day of racing that saw Roxsolt Ladies rider Loren Rowney take out the mountain sprint of the day and the field shattered in cross winds Kitchen outsmarted some of the best sprinters in Australia to take out the bunch kick for the minor placings after Orica-AIS’ Italian recruit Valentina Scandolara took an impressive solo victory.

The stage was raced exceptionally fast with the peloton finishing minutes ahead of the predicted schedule.

The Roxsolt Ladies team, which is in it’s second summer racing season, had a clear goal leading into the four day tour.

“Our plan going into the race was to be aggressive and highlight women’s racing on the world stage at the Tour Down Under,” Lauren said.

“Finishing second was great, I didn’t know if I would have the legs to mix it with the sprinters so I was happy to win the bunch kick,” Lauren continued.

The team isn’t putting any pressures on themselves for the rest of the Tour, however.

“We want to have fun racing at the Tour Down Under,” Lauren said.

“We are looking for an exciting race and look forward to the next few stages!” she said.

The Tour continues tomorrow with a 40 minute criterium in East Adelaide.

Roxcycl Media Officer: Chloe Hosking ⎢ +61405062021 ⎢ chosking@roxsolt.com.au

Director Sportif: Kelvin Rundle ⎢ +61414880244 ⎢ krundle@roxsolt.com.au

Australian National Championships Blog

So the Australian Road Nationals are done for another year,

This year I decided to contest all three national championship events with different goals for each one. First up with the National Crit title. After only one day to freshen up from the four day Bay crits series I was on the start line for the 5th time for 2015. I was pumped but relaxed. The course int he centre of Ballarat can offer an exciting race however with a limited number of teams in the race I wasn’t expecting an overly aggressive race.

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I felt great and was sitting pretty until about the half way mark where I crashed quite hard on the top corner. I lost my front wheel in what appeared to be an oil patch on further inspection. This could have put me out of the race, however it had the opposite effect and I got fired up. I nearly immediately attacked across to an established break of 5 before it was reeled in before getting into possibly the ‘break of the day’ with Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) and Ruth Corset (total-rush). I thought this would stick and I was committed to driving it forward in the dwindling laps. However without much assistance from the other girls the break was reeled in a 1.5laps to. Carlee Taylor made a bold last lap flyer but it wasn’t to be and we had to sprint for the medals. I was happy to finish with a bronze however I was very frustrated at the lack of cohesion in the break and the negative nature of the majority of the riders.

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National ITT was up the next day. My goal in this race was to improve my time trialling ability. I didn’t really expect anything here but want to work on becoming a well rounded bike rider and I know this requires work. Surprising myself and probably others I was int he bronze medal position at the half way mark before struggling with my pacing on the way home and having a ‘bonk’ moment on a challenging climb. I finished a average 13th. There is work to be done here however it was very encouraging to be in the mix for part of the race!

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National Road Race. This is something I have thought about for a long time. I really want that jersey. After being close last year I was determined to race well and give myself that chance. knowing I have a good finish on me I was confident to wait and let the race unfold and hang on and use my sprint at the end for a good result. I was feeling strong and fresh and coming into 2 laps to go, surprisingly fresh. Over the top of the second last climb Peta Mullins and Rach Neylan sort of snuck off the front. I remember thinking Greenedge will chase this, I don’t need to, just wait. This was a mistake. Peta and Rach stayed away to the end. On the last climb I found myself right at the pointy end and even threw down a big attack in the final part of the climb. With a small group over the climb the girls looked at each other and no one would commit to ride. I wasn’t going to drag them back into the race and at this point the race was done. In the closing 500m our small group was caught by about 15 girls and I finished 9th overall.

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A very disappointing result after 2nd last year and with the feeling I had on the day. However I am very proud to have made it back to the competitive level only 3 months after major surgery and after only 6 weeks on the bike. I am pumped for the next block of races and for the 2015 season!

Thanks to Kelvin and Tegan for all their help all week, without their support I wouldn’t have achieved anything close to these performances. Thanks to Brad Mcgee my coach and NSWIS’s support. Thanks to my mum for being a mum and looking after me and to my dad for watching me race for 10 days on the road! Thanks to my cousin and manger Henry for his support and belief in me to get back to this level so quickly.

Thanks to my sponsors Leicht’s Tyres and Auto and to Rydges Port Macquarie! I love representing my local businesses around Australia!

Kitchen Cements Sprint Jersey And Moves In On Yellow

Roxsolt Racing’s Lauren Kitchen continued her strong performance at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic today finishing third on the tough Port Arlington circuit, securing her lead in the sprint classification and moving within two points of the overall series lead.

B6eq0VACcAEI7FnAfter finishing second on the opening stage of the series on Friday and fifth in yesterday’s second stage Lauren started the penultimate stage of the series in the green sprinters jersey and in third position overall behind race leader Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) and Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS).

The race was fast paced from the beginning with the peloton splintering as the riders tackled a challenging climb each lap. While a number of riders tried to sneak of the front of the peloton it wasn’t until Peta Mullens launched a brave solo breakaway after the first intermediate sprint of the day that anything escaped.

Mullens extended her lead to more than 20 seconds on the chasing peloton and finished comfortably ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Down Under) and Lauren on the stage.

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“We’re really happy to have retained the green jersey and have locked that up for Roxsolt as that was a big goal for us at the start of the week,” an ecstatic Lauren said after the stage.

“It was great to get on the podium again for Roxsolt but of course we’ll be hoping to build on that tomorrow,” Lauren said alluding to the team’s intentions to make a serious play for the yellow jersey tomorrow.

“I definitely couldn’t have done this without the support of my team,” Lauren continued.

“A big thanks has to go to Kelvin for putting the team together and giving me the opportunity,” she finished.

Article by Chloe Hosking

Kitchen Sprints Into Green Jersey at Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic

Lauren Kitchen got the Roxsolt Racing team off to a fantastic start at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong today after she secured the green sprinters jersey and finished second on the stage behind race winner Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under).

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Lauren finished fourth in the first intermediate sprint of the day and first in the second and final intermediate sprint to secure her lead in the sprint classification ahead of tomorrow’s Eastern Park stage two.

Lauren, who is on the comeback from injury after having undergone major surgery on her left leg in October, said she was really happy with how the Roxsolt team performed and her personal performance as well.

“I felt really good, it was a good hit out and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the week with Roxsolt,” Lauren said after the stage.

Kitchen was part of a five rider break which escaped with a little more than 20 minutes to go on the Ritchie Boulevard hotdog circuit raced in downtown Geelong this afternoon. The break worked well to establish a sizable gap over the chasing peloton until the closing laps of the 45 minute event when tactics started to come into play.

“I was really aware that if it was going to come back together we could line up Kimbers (Kimberley Wells) for the sprint so I was trying to rest and recover in the break away knowing that we had Kimberley behind,” Lauren said.

“We were really keen to just go out and have a hard race given the race was being shown on national TV. Our goal was to have a podium and also to take the sprint jersey so we’re happy to have achieved both those goals,” she said.

Team owner and director Kelvin Rundle was all smiles after the stage. 2015 is the second year he has entered a team in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and he’s attracted some of the best Australian riders in the peloton to his squad including 2014 Australian Female Road Cycling of the Year, Tiffany Cromwell and and 2013 National Criterium Champion, Kimberley Wells.

“We’re just looking to have some fun and to show some great racing. Today the team road a fantastic race. Jo Hogan and Carlee Taylor did some massive work on the front and Jo was actually solo for a quarter of the race. It was exciting racing,” Kelvin said.

Article by Chloe Hosking

Bay Crits 2015 Preview

It’s the new year and that means one thing, time to head down to Geelong to get stuck into some fast and furious criterium action at the Bay Crits. This will be my eighth Bay Crits having competed every year except one since I was U19. I love starting the new year and the new season here and this year Im just as excited as if I was that 16 year old kid again.

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In 2015 I will be racing with the Roxsolt team for the second year. We have a super strong team this year with; Kimberley, Loren, Tiff, Carlee, Jo and myself and we are being led by our owner manager Kelvin Rundle. So whats going to happen this week? Well here is my prediction;

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Having a slightly changed format with teams now allowed to start 6 riders instead of 5 this will for sure change the dynamic of the racing with teams having more cards to play on different courses. Teams are now also able to pick and choose which days they race different riders, this will give some teams an advantage with rested riders coming in later in the series, while I believe most riders will race all four criteriums, there are a large number of individuals just targeting one or two days, most likely to perfect their nationals preparation.

Day 1 is Ritchie Boulevard, an infamous heart-pumping hot dog course at only 600m long, it results in about 100 standing starts in 45 minutes. What is great about this course is it is not only a great spectacle, it can be a great tactical race that has been won from nearly every situation. Roxsolt will have a few cards to play here as we expect to be one of the most inform teams, but if it comes to a sprint we will be looking to set up Kimbers against the likes of the Hosking-Bronzini duo of Wiggle Downunder. Giorgia won here last year with Kimbers taking it in 2013 and Hosking in 2012.

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Day 2 we move to the Botanic Gardens where we are faced with a more open course where the wind is defiantly a big factor. This course has a touch little climb just before a long finish straight so in the past has lead itself to a tough long sprint with Hosking (then of Roxsolt) taking the win here last year. This is an important day for us as we will also be celebrating Kelvin’s 40th Birthday! We will be racing to get Roxsolt out there on day two and we hope you see one of us with our arms in the air at the end of the day.

Day 3 is Portarlington. I have a love hate relationship with this course. You can’t hide here. This is the race where it shows your form. Back in 2007 Gary Sutton told me, “this course will suit you” so as a 16 year old I toughed it out and I finished. I was the only rider from my team that year to do so and it was my biggest achievement of the week. Since then the course has changed slightly a few times but we have always seen a tough race. Tif has won here twice and last year Jo was 4th on this circuit. I have had my best results here with a 1st (2008) and a 2nd (2011). This course will suit our team. You can look for us at the front trying to force the break in Portarlington.

Day 4: Last day is Williamstown. The is a great spot to finish, with a trendy Melbourne vibe and cute cafes lining the course, by day 4 a coffee fuel up is a must. Being a dead flat square course we normally see a bunch sprint, however its day four, so anything can happen. Roxsolt will want to go out with a bang and we are aware we have one of the fastest girls with us so I think Williamstown might be about Kimbers lining it up.

There are two other super strong stacked teams for 2015 with Wiggle Downunder and Orica AIS. So Im sure it will be really exciting racing. Our main goal is to have fun, but we are a competitive bunch of girls so hopefully you will see us on the podium.

Now to catch a plane

Lauren

Kitchen has Leicht travel’s ahead

Local business supports local cycling champion.

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Leicht’s Tyre and Auto has partnered with Lauren Kitchen to support her to train and attend Australian races while she is back home for the summer. The local cycling star has recently returned to Port Macquarie to prepare for her assault on the international 2015 season.

Peter Leicht from Leicht’s Tyre and Auto has know Lauren Kitchen for over a decade. He has watched the local girl find cycling success from a local to international scale and is very excited to be supporting Lauren as she rebuilds after a injury ridden 2014 season.

The partnership will allow Lauren the opportunity to focus 100% on her training commitments to give her the edge over her competitors. Lauren is recovering from a major surgery that she had just 10 weeks ago after suffering through the majority of the 2014 season with iliac syndrome.

“Basically I had one leg, I would be riding hard then bang my left leg had no power” Lauren explained, “The muscles just weren’t getting any blood flow as the artery was so built up with scar tissue” she added.

The injury has no doubt held up Lauren’s career but she is motivated to regain her status in Australian Cycling. In 2014 she finished 2nd at the Australian Championships as well as a series of top 10s in Europe before losing her power in her left leg. The support from the Local business will allow Lauren that opportunity.

“Having Leicht’s support is an awesome opportunity for me, He and his family have followed my career since I began and to be able to represent their business while I train on home roads in Port is like a dream come true” Lauren exclaimed.

The next major goals for Lauren are the Australian National Championships in January and the Women’s Tour of New Zealand in February. You will see Lauren out training around Port Macquarie over the coming months sporting a new white and pink jersey thanks to Leicht’s Tyre and Auto and to Soft Edges in Port Macquarie.

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Stan Siejka Criterium Weekend

Last friday I traveled to Launceston in the North of Tasmania with my Roxsolt summer team to compete in a weekend of fast cycling circuit action. I was pretty excited to return this year having one the race last year and having the honour to wear number 1 for the event.

The team for the weekend consisted of Kimberley Wells and Chloe Hosking from Canberra, Steph Lord and Sarah Roy from Sydney and myself. We were all pumped to pull on our new Roxsolt jerseys for our first race together.

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On Saturday morning we rode our as a large peloton to a motor racing circuit to compete in a kermesse style event. With three major teams making up the majority of the field when a break of three went with each team represented they quickly build up a considerable lead and fought for the podium places with Chloe Hosking taking the race and our first victory for the 2014-2015 summer! Go Team!

We had a nice relaxing afternoon and evening with a visit to the movies and a pub style dinner. Sunday morning we had a cafe breakfast ride before getting focused for the evening’s criterium. The criterium is the weekend’s main event and this year was even televised live around Australia, thanks to SBS!

The crit was an exciting race with a lot of aggressive moves and tactics coming into play. We weren’t so happy with the situation of only one rider in a break of 7 at the mid way point and put out efforts into a chase. However the break managed to stay away and our sprinter Kimbers outsmarted the break and took a convincing win! Woohoo two for two!

It was a massively successful weekend for the Roxsolt team! We were very lucky to have the support of Andrew and Leslie Fisher to look after us and of course Kelvin and Tegan for their ongoing support from Roxsolt!

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Next week we will be back for more at the Shimano Super Crit! Look out St Kilda Roxsolt is coming!

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Heading Downunder

Well it is nearly time to head back to Aussie land for family catch up time as well as some long summer rides! Im now recovered from surgery I had on my artery and I am more motivated then ever to get fit and strong in preparation for the upcoming season! To complement my long kms I will be racing with the Roxsolt Summer team in the Launceston Criterium and the Super Crit in December before the Bay Crits in January to kick off the new year in the usual way :).

 

If you would like to know more about Roxsolt and how this great business is supporting women’s cycling then check out their website or send me an email!

http://www.roxsolt.com.au

 

 

#mygoalrox

2015 Roxcycl Ambassadors Program
October 31 2014

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Over the past few months I have been working with the exciting new company; Roxcycl. At Roxcycl we like to do things a bit differently and we are offering 3 NSW or ACT women, over 18 years of age, the opportunity to be supported to chase their goals!

You don’t have to be aspiring to go to the olympics or the win the nationals but we want to help you and all women with access to some top quality Velocio and Vanderkitten cycling kit as well as $1000 to support you towards an event you haven’t don’t before. This could be a master’s race, a triathlon, a MTB race, a NRS race or a pre agreed event.

To find out more please refer to the Roxcycl site click here

In light of this great initiative I thought I would share #mygoalrox for 2015. After a tough year with injury in 2014 my goal for next season is to stand on the top step of a UCI podium in the first six months of 2015. I look forward to chasing this along with monitoring the new Roxcycl ambassadors for 2015!

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