Lauren began her national championships campaign on Wednesday night with a Bronze medal ride in the women’s Criterium title. She also sealed the Sprint jersey competition on the way. The Crit title was Lauren’s first race since the World Championships last September so she was pleasantly surprised with her form after a long break and training block.
“I really didn’t know where I was at, I a hadn’t even done a local race since September, so Im also a bit relieved to see Im around the mark heading into the season”
This was Lauren’s third Bronze medal in the event in a row and her 6th medal in the event over the past 6 years. It is no longer an event that Lauren can fly under the radar despite her having no teammates she was always a favourite.
“I have a good track record in this race, I guess the course suites me with the tough drag to the line and my ability to race it in different conditions over the years. I won it in 2011 and then I think I have 4 other Bronze medals (3 Elite and 1 U23 along with a gold U23) so I am little bit sick of standing next to the winner to be honest, so in some ways I am disappointed, but the aim was to have a good hit out for the weekend’s important Road Race and that was defiantly achieved.”
The race came down to a breakaway of 9 riders which included 4 Orica-AIS riders. However it was Sophie Mackay who stole the show, just getting over Orica’s Lizzie Williams on the line.
“I think Orica had a bit of a mix up in their leadout and Lizzie had a big gap on their sprinter out of the last corner, I was behind Sarah Roy, their Sprinter and when I saw the gap, I realised I had to go really early, so that really wasn’t great for me. I was happy to get to Lizzie on the line but didn’t quite get there to take the title”
Next up for Lauren is the Road Race on Saturday where she has been named as a favourite. The race can be seen in the early afternoon on Channel