Lauren finishes 4th Overall in Tour Down Under

Lauren has finished in 4th place in the general classification in the Santos women’s Tour Down Under. The four day stage race was a tough fought competition with time bonuses and intermediate sprints being the key to a solid result.

“I’m satisfied with this result, It’s not a win but it is a big confidence boost and tells me that training is on the right track towards the Spring classics in five weeks time”

Lauren with Port Macquarie Cycle Club members after stage 4

Lauren raced as part of the NSWIS- Sydney Uni team for the race and was thankful to be able to start with the development squad and take the leadership role. The NSWIS – Sydney Uni squad is racing under the director, ex- pro Katie Brown and marked the first race of the year for the team.

“The team was great, its a good group of girls and they went pretty well racing against some of the top women in the world, we came into the race as probably the lowest ranked team the team many people didn’t expect much of and we finished with a fourth place in the GC as well as being a factor in the sprint competition, I think thats impressive!”

Lauren won one of the bonus sprints during stage 4

Lauren will now return to Port Macquarie for a ten day period before heading to Europe to link up with her professional team, WM3 Pro cycling.

“This result has made me even more excited to get over to Europe, my form is coming along nicely and now I can’t wait to get over there and spend time with my team mates”

Lauren’s next races will be in the Spring Classics where she is looking to build on some solid performances last season in the biggest races.

“Last season I wanted top 10s now I want a win, I think its the natural progression and now I feel ready to take that step with my new team WM3”

Lauren kicks off 2017 at the Australian Nationals

Lauren has officially started her 2017 season with the WM3 Pro cycling team with the national road race championship today in Ballarat, Victoria. Lauren finished the race in 18th place, and while the result is not what Lauren was hoping for, she is taking a few positives away from the championship while she builds for the start of the European season at the end of February.

Pic: Pioneer 

“My result today wasn’t pleasing to me, I didn’t have the legs to follow Katrin and Spratty on the climb and full credit to them they were the strongest and deserved the results they got. I am building towards the Spring classics and while I would have liked to have been more of a contender, this race ultimately is a stepping stone to bigger goals later in the season”

With a long season ahead, Lauren has chosen to focus on the Spring Classics and sees today’s race as great preparation for this.

“I want to be a bigger player in the classics this year, I proved to myself last year I can be there in the biggest races and now with a strong WM3 team I hope to play a big role through the Spring period. Today is still seven weeks until the first race of the spring so Im right on track for that”

Lauren will now travel to Adelaide where she will race the Tour Down Under with the NSWIS squad as a guest rider.

“Tour Down Under is a great race for the aussies, I am looking forward to mentoring some of the NSWIS girls and getting some good intensity in before another good training block and heading over to Europe for the final preparations. While I would love to win a stage, Im not sure what to expect with a dynamic field and a mixed course.”

The Tour Down Under starts on Jan 14th and concludes with a criterium in Adelaide on Jan 17th.

Lauren joins Fortitude Pro Cycling

Lauren has signed with the new Fortitude Pro Cycling team for the next two season where she will again link up with 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos. Fortitude pro cycling is a new project born from the remains of the Rabobank cycling team that Lauren was a part of in 2012. The exciting new project is unlike current women’s cycling teams in that it is offering a unique business project approach to its partners.

“I’m really excited for the 2017 and onwards with Fortitude, everything so far had been very professional and exciting and I can’t wait for the new season to begin”

The Dutch squad will include 11 riders with Lauren the sole Australian on the squad that also includes talented climber Kasia Niewadomia and Dutch champion Anouska Koster.

“I see this as the next step in my career, to be a part of a big professional team that will give me opportunity to be a part of some big team performances and results along with the chance to chase my own results”


Lauren and Marianne will be teammates once more.

Pic : Anton Vos

After three great seasons with Hitec Products, where Lauren has formed some strong friendships, she is excited for a change next season.

“I’ve had three great seasons with Hitec, I’ve enjoyed my time there and I believe I really developed and gained more confidence while being part of the Scandinavian team”

“But it is time for a change and a new challenge and I’m happy to have found that with Fortitude Pro Cycling”

Lauren’s first appearance in Fortitude Pro Cycling’s colors will be at the Australian Nationals in January 2017

Further details can be seen here:



Lauren misses Olympic Selection

The Women’s road team of the Olympics was officially announced today and Lauren’s name was missing. The team named included; Katrin Garfoot, Rach Neylan, Amanda Spratt and Gracie Elvin, all of Orica-AIS. This is a massive blow to Lauren, who describes this as one of the low points of her career.

“I’m really devastated. I put so much into this and while I’m sure the selected girls put a lot in also, I really believed that I was a good choice and would make a big impact on the race and the team”

“The last week has been really tough, I was racing the Giro in Italy and while I lost nearly all my motivation to ride my bike, my team needed me and my teammates were relying on me so I had to get on with the job.”

“I had the option to appeal the decision and I did follow up on this, I didn’t want to look back and think, what if?, However with the selections being discretionary the chances of change were very small and ultimately the appeal was dismissed.”

“This is a low point, there is no denying that, but my team, my coach and my family have been really supportive and I am really humbled by how many people have wanted to help and support me to this point. Now I have some time to switch off and recharge with an altitude block in Livingo which will now be used to kick start the end of the season.”

“I want to finish now with a big bang, I now won’t race until Vargarda in Sweden on Aug 21 and then Plouay in France,  Aug 27, where I will set my sights on a big result.”

I believe the selectors made the wrong choice and I will prove that.

Lauren finishes 4th on final stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour

Lauren finished stage 5 of the Aviva Women’s Tour in 4th spot after successfully making it into the race winning breakaway 25km into the 113k race. The challenging route included 2 QOM climbs along with numerous uncategorised climbs making it a fifth and final tough day in the saddle.

“Im really happy with this result, of course a win would have been nice but I was with some fast girls in the break and I tried to escape a few ties in the final 10km but it wasn’t to be”

“Ive had quite a tough week with some bad luck in terrible moments so Im really grateful to finish on a positive note and prove to myself what I’m capable of at the end of a big week”



Lauren came into the race with General Classification aspirations but after an untimely puncture in the final of stage 2 and a major crash in the final of stage 4, this 4th place in stage 5 proves it will take a bit more to knock her out.

“It wasn’t a good week, I put a lot of pressure on myself and ultimately though just bad luck thing didn’t shape out the way I wanted but that bike racing sometimes, I know I have a really good level at the moment and I really wanted to prove that this week, with this being the last race considered for Olympic selection”


Lauren’s 4th place marks her 15th UCI top 10 result for 2016 and her 5th World Tour top ten result. She hopes that this consistency will help her case for Olympic selection.

“I’ve done all I can now, I believe I’ve proven myself in hilly races this season and towards the end of last season with my ride at the World Championships. Now it’s up to the selectors to decide”

The Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California that took place recently in the USA was Lauren’s first Women’s World Tour stage race experience as well as her first time to California. Below in her own words she highlights the week long experience of the trip to the US with her Hitec Team mates.

We left for the US early on Monday morning from Amsterdam, I was traveling with my dutch teammate Kirsten along with Italian Tatiana and German Charlotte. We were to meet up with the Norwegians Cecilie and Janicke along with our staff on arrival in the US. The trip was long but expected so no real troubles there. We arrived on Monday evening to our hotel in Sacramento, California to warm weather and friendly greetings as the atmosphere started to build with many teams arriving and getting organised to race.

On Tuesday morning after a long sleep we drove up to South Lake Tahoe. This was a really beautiful location with snow capped mountains and the clear waters of Lake Tahoe, we were all getting pretty motivated to race. The biggest challenge that we, along with a lot of the other teams, faced was the high altitude of nearly 2000m for the location of this first stage.

Race day rolled around and as excited as I was to get stuck in, I was pretty worried about the altitude and how I would feel, along with the jet-lag. Its safe to say I didn’t feel fresh for the race. My team and I were to look for opportunities in the race, realistically we are not the favourite for the race and therefore didn’t have the responsibility to control the race. In the end the race resulted in a 1.5k uphill finish were I was in the mix until the last few hundred metres. The altitude added a new dimension that I wasn’t sure how to deal with and defiantly suffered with however I loved racing around Lake Tahoe and it for sure one place I would love to travel back to in the future.

Stage 2 was a 20km Team Time Trial, this time in Folsom at sea level. It was great to get back to some oxygen and my teammates and I were pumped for a solid day. Unfortunately we lost one of our girls early and then a second to a nasty crash just after half-way. I was really happy with my performance and feeling but for a team time trial you really need everyone to be on a good day to pull of a result and we eventually finished in 8th place just over 1minute down on Twenty16 the winning team. My Norwegian teammate, Cecilie, suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder blade in the crash and after undergoing surgery that evening is on the mend and is looking to return to racing soon.

photo: Anton Vos

Stage 3 offered a more challenging race then most people predicted. Our team plan for the race was to go on the attack and look for a stage result opportunity. I am really proud of how I raced this stage as I put myself out there trying to get up the road and even though it didn’t happen in the end for a sustained period, we rode really well as a team and it was great to be on the attack together. Unfortunately we lost our second Norwegian in this stage which meant that we were down to 4 for the final day’s racing.

Stage 4 was one the main target for our team. It was a fast city circuit around Sacramento. The 70k race looked on paper like a guaranteed bunch sprint and with one of the best sprinters in the world in our ranks we were defiantly excited about this stage. The team rode flawlessly, we are so in sync when it comes to setting up Kirsten for a bunch sprint. There was quite a big crash around the halfway mark that Kirsten was involved with but without any panic we had her back in the bunch within a lap. I didn’t even check how she was until after we were back, luckily she was unaffected in the incident. Tatiana was unfortunately suffering a mechanical issue with her gears as a result leaving us with just myself and Lotte to cover the final stages of the race. Charlotte covered the final attacks while I stayed close to Kirsten and eventually pulled her through the last corner at the front of the peloton. Kirsten won the stage after a powerful sprint to pull off a good week of racing for the team.

Personally I was really happy with how I felt during the race considering the jet-lag and the altitude on stage one but I was hoping to be a bit more of an impact on the final results sheet, however all in all it was a fantastic week to set up the second half of my season. I now have a good foundation to get stuck into the final selection period for the Olympics with Holland Hills and Gooik up this weekend.


Lauren lands on the Podium twice

Lauren raced with the Australian National development team over the weekend in the Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg in the Netherlands on Saturday and Trofee Maarten Wynants in Belgium on Sunday. On Saturday Lauren finished 2nd to Marianne Vos, after the two had escaped late in the race from the initial 6 rider breakaway that had formed with 60km to go.



“It was a great day Saturday, the race is close to where I am based in the Netherlands and I generally really enjoy dutch racing. It was a tough race, I was in the breakaway for 60km working hard to establish and maintain the gap with Marianne. With about 5km to go she attacked hard on one of the overpasses and we were just the two of us for the final few kilometres”


“Marianne was strong in the break and it was tough for me to follow, I am normally not satisfied with 2nd place but today I am happy with my race and proud of this podium result


On Sunday, Lauren and the Aussie development team backed up for a second one day race, this time in Belgium. The plan was to be aggressive from the half way mark but even with some strong attacks from all the girls it came down to bunch kick on the free flowing circuit. Lauren again ran 2nd in the bunch sprint to Lotto-Soudal’s Lotte Kopecky, a rising star of Belgium track cycling.


“I am again satisfied with my race today, also the performance from the Aussie girls, it is nice to see their progression over the 2 months they have been in Europe, they all rode really strong today even when they were tired from yesterday”

“It nice to be on the podium twice in 2 days but of course its also a little frustrating to be so close to a win, at least I know I’m heading in the right direction and Im sure a win is not too far away”


Lauren will travel to California in 1 week to begin the Tour of California on the 19th of May. The Tour of California will mark the eighth round of the Women’s World Tour and with 8 of the top 10 ranked Women’s teams on the start list it will be a tough week of racing.

Photos from Anton Vos

The Tour of Yorkshire

Yesterday Lauren and her team took to the start of the 2nd edition of the women’s Tour of Yorkshire race. The event was highly anticipated on the calendar as it offered the largest prize pool ever for women’s cycling with 15 000 pounds for 1st place along with live coverage on Eurosport for the entire race.

Hitec went with a strong team to the event with arguably one of the best sprinters in the world, Kirsten Wild. Having a strong sprinter and race favourite doesn’t make it any easier with every other team not in favour to take Kirsten to a bunch finish.

Lauren and her teammates worked hard to keep the race together for a bunch sprint including a tough 30km chase to bring back local hero and world champion Lizzie Armistead in the closing kilometres.

Kirsten delivered and the team was rewarded for their work when they saw Kirsten with her arms in the air.

“It was a tough race, but such a cool event as well, I’m stoked that Kirsten won, it was a real team performance today,  it was defiantly not an easy win for us”

“Personally I was really happy to be at the front of the race at critical moments after I had a few days easier this week, I didn’t know how I would feel and although I wasn’t super I was really happy with my level and I’m looking forward to some solid training in the next couple of weeks”


To cap off a perfect day for the team, Lauren also snagged the Sprint jersey competition, winning a teddy bear that Lauren has called Don, after the town of Doncaster where the race finished and a Yorkshire pudding crown! The competition sponsors.

“The sprints weren’t a goal or a plan but I was there just before the first one and I thought ‘Why Not’, after I won the first one, I thought ok I will see for the second and after I managed to finish third in that one I had it wrapped up”

“It was a nice little extra for the team”


The highs and lows of Flèche Wallonne

Lauren competed in the 6th round of the Women’s World Tour yesterday in Huy, Belgium. La Flèche Wallonne is an iconic race for the men’s and women’s peloton and 2016’s event was another spectacular race of short steep hills and twisting roads around the Wallonne region of Belgium.

It was not this first time Lauren has lined up for the event, but it was the first time she has started the race with real aspirations to be a contender in the final sections of the race with a top 10 result being the goal of the day.

“I knew a top ten would be really tough to achieve but thats why I worked hard for this race for the last month or so, I have worked a lot of my climbing power recently and I was really happy to see this pay off yesterday”

Lauren just missed the selection of 7 riders over the second last climb but was still in contention for a top ten when her group of around 15 riders arrived at 1km to go and the base of the Muur de Huy, a 10% climb to the finish with a maximum of 24% gradients with about 500m to go.

“I was really happy with my race up until about 500m to go when I was essentially taken out by a crash from another rider, she of course didn’t mean to do it and it wasn’t that I was in a bad position, it was just really unlucky”

Lauren remounted quickly and finished in 27th place 1minute and 23 seconds behind Anna van der Breggen from Rabobank.

“I was very upset after the race, I felt like I was going to prove something today, that I can climb well and it was essentially taken away, but you know this is also part of bike racing and it is important to move on and not dwell on it”

“I know I have a really good level at the moment and it is important remember the positives from the race as well, I really enjoyed the race and it is one that I defiantly intend to come back to in the future with big aspirations to do well, along with Strade Bianche this is my favourite race.”

Lauren will line up again on Saturday for Omloop van Borsele to essentially close up her classics campaign for 2016. After this race she will have a few days to recover to begin to work towards her next season goal of the Tour of California in a few weeks time.





Lauren finishes 4th in Omloop van Ijsseldelta

Lauren has recorded her best european result for the 2016 season with 4th place in the wind swept, dutch classic yesterday. This is Lauren’s 13th top 10 UCI result for the 2016 season as she shows no signs of slowing down ahead of some big season goals in coming weeks.

Ijsseldelta was a typical dutch race around the city of Zwolle, Kirsten Wild’s home town, Lauren’s teammate and last years winner. Team Hitec Products began with the goal to try to set up their home town super sprinter but with very strong winds, a controlled race was not an option. After just 12km into the 134km race the bunch was in many groups with a group of 9 eventually forming after 30km. Lauren and Kirsten were both part of this group, Along with 4 riders from Rabobank. With canyon-sram and wiggle both missing the front group it was not an easy ride in the front group with the gap hovering between 1 – 2.5minutes for the next 100km.

Lauren and Kirsten rode well in the closing kilometres trying to secure a podium spot however it was not to be with Lauren finishing 4th and Kirsten 5th.

“Its a bit disappointing to not be on the podium today, I wanted Kirsten to have the best chance in her home town so I was thinking about her and in the end there were so many attacks it was hard to control.”

“It was a super hard race 130km of riding full gas!”

Of the 200 starters there were only 31 finishers, showing just how tough the conditions were.

Next up for Lauren is La Flèche Wallone on Wednesday April 20. Which marks the 6th round of the Women’s World Tour of which Lauren is currently the 14th overall.