Lauren continues good form in New Zealand

Lauren has just completed the Women’s Tour of New Zealand, were she rode as part of the Australian National Team. The five rider team had big aspirations of success but a classy USA national team took the top honours in the tour.

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The team got off to a solid start finishing 2nd in the Team Time Trial event on the opening day before Lauren sprinted to 2nd on the first road stage of the Tour, which was held in and around the town of Masterton on the North Island of New Zealand.

“The team time trial was pretty solid but I think we rode really well as a team, we were beaten by a classy USA team but a strong result here is what set up our chances for the rest of the tour”

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In stage three, The Australian National team looked to set up their general classification hopes with Rachel and Katrin showing their climbing cards and finishing in the front selection with Katrin taking the stage for the team.

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In the queen stage of the tour, which included two major climbs including a 10km summit finish on top of Admiral Hill, Lauren found her way into the 9 rider early breakaway that survived until the end. Showing her all-round ability Lauren climbed to 2nd in the stage and to 4th overall on the general classification with one final stage remaining.

“I didn’t expect to be in the position on the queen stage of the tour. I am really happy with the way Im climbing at the moment and I am really proud of this second place on such a tough stage”

Stage five was an exciting battle with most teams keen to get a breakaway up the road. The aussies left it all out there as they tried to gain some precious seconds back on the USA national team girls that were staked at the top of the General Classification Leader board. After a fast and furious 122.5km the bunch arrived for a sprint, where Lauren picked up a fine 4th place to finish the tour.

“For me the tour was a big success, I knew my form was good but to be consistent each day with 3 X 2nds and 4th plus 4th overall, Im stoked”

 

Lauren will now head to Europe to prepare for the Spring Classics with Hitec Products. Her first race is Omloop van het Hageland on March 8th.

Final Results:

Stage 1 TTT – Aus 2nd

Stage 2 125km – Lauren 2nd

Stage 3 130km – Lauren 12th

Stage 4 106km- – Lauren 2nd

Stage 5 122km – Lauren 4th.

Overall

Lauren – 4th @19 seconds.

Lauren is the Oceania Road Champion

Kitchen wins big in Toowoomba

Lauren Kitchen, (Team Hitec Products) has taken arguably the biggest win of her career this morning sealing the Oceania Road Race title from a select four up sprint in Goombungee, just outside Toowoomba.

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“Im really happy with this win, Ive been close a few times to the top step so far this year but for it all to fall into place today for a big title like this, Im really stoked!”

Lauren was supported by Roxsolt’s Kelvin Rundle and NSWIS head coach, Brad McGee. The Gold medal will join Kitchen’s silver medal from the time trial event last Friday to make it a very successful weekend for the 24 year old.

“I had high hopes for the weekend but when it all works out its just fantastic! I am really thankful for the support from Brad and Kelvin over the weekend what they both are doing for cycling and women’s cycling in particular is exciting and I really owe these results to them for their support over the past few months”

“Rydges Port Macquarie and Leicht’s Tyres are both sponsors of mine back in Port Macquarie and its really nice to get a big win before heading back to Europe for them too” Lauren added.

With Kitchen wrapping up the title in Toowoomba she has taken the automatic spot for Australia for the World Championships to be held in Richmond, USA in September. Selection will still have to be met but with an automatic place Lauren can look forward to a big season ahead!

Silver lining for Kitchen at Oceania Time Trial Titles

This morning Lauren Kitchen, NSW, finished 2nd in a star studded field at the Oceania Time Trial Titles held in Toowoomba, QLD. Kitchen completed the course in a time of 33 minutes and 44 second, 49 seconds from the top step of the podium. Kitchen, who is coached by Brad McGee has chosen to focus on the Individual Time Trial event recently with the goal to become a more complete rider.

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“I’ve really wanted to work on my time trialling over the last year or so as I think its a discipline that I needed to improve in and with Brad’s guidance I knew I had a good environment to do this”

Lauren was the 6th rider off in a relatively small field however the quality was high, with Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist, Katrin Garfoot (QLD), taking the top honours.

“To be within 50 seconds of Katrin was really a boost for me as I now know I can be more competitive if I focused more on the event”

“Im really happy with this result and Im now focused on Sunday to have another top performance”

Lauren will compete in the Road Race event on Sunday to be held in Goombungee, approximately 40km from Toowoomba.

Lauren in the mix in The Ladies Tour of Qatar

Lauren Kitchen, riding her first international race for 2015, found herself at the pointy end of the bike race on stage 3 at the recent Ladies Tour of Qatar, centred around Doha in the middle east.

Riding for the Norwegian team, Hitec Products, Kitchen sprinted to 6th place from a select group at the end of the 95km stage from Doha to Al Khor on Thursday.

“It was a really hard day, There was a lot of wind and I was motivated after missing the key move on stage two” Lauren explained of her first UCI top 10 result for 2015.

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“My team mates, especially our captain, Tatiana, looked after me so well in the whole tour, it was really a team effort and I owe it to them” Tatiana is a previous world champion and will look for guide Lauren and the team which is made up of mostly Scandinavian riders through the 2015 season.

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Riding as the protected rider is a new experience for Lauren, a rarity in the past , however after a successful recovery from surgery on her external iliac artery at the end of 2014, she is looking forward to more chances from the team as the season moves towards the Spring Classics.

“Im really looking forward to getting into more racing and proving myself after a season plagued with injury last year”

“I have a really good support team around me now and Im working really well with my coach, Brad Mcgee to make 2015 a good year.”

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Photo: Lizzie Armistead wins stage 3, Lauren 6th.

Next up for the 24 year old is the Oceania Championships which begin on February 13th in Toowoomba before she joins the Australian National Team for the Women’s Tour of New Zealand from the 18th to the 22nd of February. Lauren will then return to Europe to prepare for the important spring classics where she will begin to consider World Championships and Olympic Selections.

“This is an important year for sure, Next Year are the Olympics, they only come around every four years and I want to give myself the best opportunity and environment to gain selections for Australian Teams.”

“This is a good start to the year but Im hungry for more” This is Lauren’s 10th top 10 result already for 2015.

 

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.

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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.

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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

Professional cyclist