“I’m enjoying being part of a big team again”

Lauren has began training for the second half of the season at her European base in Spain, next up for Lauren will be The Women’s Tour in Great Britain running from the 7th to the 11th of June and will kickstart a big second half of 2017. But first Lauren describes in her own worlds the second part of the Spring Campaign.

“The beginning of 2017 has been both good and a bit disappointing, I am really happy to be a part of WM3 Procycling, the team is great, I enjoy racing with the girls and working with the staff. However for me personally I really wanted to repay the team early with a nice result and for one reason or another I haven’t landed that yet”

 

I’m enjoying being part of a big team again where we can really have an impact on a race and the way it is played out and it was really nice to be apart of the full ardennes week, our little climber, Kasia, landed on the podium three times that week and while it wasn’t the top step, I was privileged to be apart of that performance”

While Lauren hasn’t picked up a result to show for her efforts she has faced a string of bad luck, “There was a series of crashes in the Spring that was unfortunate, I think I just didn’t recover from them and that hurt me towards the end of the Spring, it’s not an excuse, more an observation, I was hoping to show something in China, but ultimately I think I was tired after a long Spring campaign, thats why I decided with my coach to have the following week off”

Lauren lined up in Dwars door Vlaanderens after a week off with maybe a little too much freshness but most importantly a fresh mind, This was a stand alone race for Lauren between season blocks. Riding in support of a teammate Lauren rode all day in the echelon after the team split the race early on in the wind

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“We split the field in the wind after 15km of 135k, we got the group to 18 and that was it, I turned all day so my teammates could try and stay fresh for the final, but then in the final I ended up attacking and going alone for over 20km and being caught with just over 5k to go! It defiantly wasn’t as easy race! The move set up Vale who immediately attacked when I was caught and she rode to victory!”

WM3 have now picked up eight UCI victories so fair this season, but not yet at the highest level. Something Lauren is extremely motivated by.

“While Spring wasn’t what I wanted in terms of results, sometimes you have periods like this, its cycling, whats important is how you deal with it, we still have a lot of races this year, a lot of nice races, beginning with Women’s Tour in a couple of weeks”

Lauren’s season goal to win a big race still stands and she is determined to achieve this moving into the second part of the season

I train hard each day with this in mind

“Thanks for WM3 Procycing, Rydges Port Macquarie, my coach Kevin Poulton and my supporters for their ongoing support so far this season!”

Pics Anton Vos