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.