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