Local business supports local cycling champion.
Leicht’s Tyre and Auto has partnered with Lauren Kitchen to support her to train and attend Australian races while she is back home for the summer. The local cycling star has recently returned to Port Macquarie to prepare for her assault on the international 2015 season.
Peter Leicht from Leicht’s Tyre and Auto has know Lauren Kitchen for over a decade. He has watched the local girl find cycling success from a local to international scale and is very excited to be supporting Lauren as she rebuilds after a injury ridden 2014 season.
The partnership will allow Lauren the opportunity to focus 100% on her training commitments to give her the edge over her competitors. Lauren is recovering from a major surgery that she had just 10 weeks ago after suffering through the majority of the 2014 season with iliac syndrome.
“Basically I had one leg, I would be riding hard then bang my left leg had no power” Lauren explained, “The muscles just weren’t getting any blood flow as the artery was so built up with scar tissue” she added.
The injury has no doubt held up Lauren’s career but she is motivated to regain her status in Australian Cycling. In 2014 she finished 2nd at the Australian Championships as well as a series of top 10s in Europe before losing her power in her left leg. The support from the Local business will allow Lauren that opportunity.
“Having Leicht’s support is an awesome opportunity for me, He and his family have followed my career since I began and to be able to represent their business while I train on home roads in Port is like a dream come true” Lauren exclaimed.
The next major goals for Lauren are the Australian National Championships in January and the Women’s Tour of New Zealand in February. You will see Lauren out training around Port Macquarie over the coming months sporting a new white and pink jersey thanks to Leicht’s Tyre and Auto and to Soft Edges in Port Macquarie.
Last friday I traveled to Launceston in the North of Tasmania with my Roxsolt summer team to compete in a weekend of fast cycling circuit action. I was pretty excited to return this year having one the race last year and having the honour to wear number 1 for the event.
The team for the weekend consisted of Kimberley Wells and Chloe Hosking from Canberra, Steph Lord and Sarah Roy from Sydney and myself. We were all pumped to pull on our new Roxsolt jerseys for our first race together.
On Saturday morning we rode our as a large peloton to a motor racing circuit to compete in a kermesse style event. With three major teams making up the majority of the field when a break of three went with each team represented they quickly build up a considerable lead and fought for the podium places with Chloe Hosking taking the race and our first victory for the 2014-2015 summer! Go Team!
We had a nice relaxing afternoon and evening with a visit to the movies and a pub style dinner. Sunday morning we had a cafe breakfast ride before getting focused for the evening’s criterium. The criterium is the weekend’s main event and this year was even televised live around Australia, thanks to SBS!
The crit was an exciting race with a lot of aggressive moves and tactics coming into play. We weren’t so happy with the situation of only one rider in a break of 7 at the mid way point and put out efforts into a chase. However the break managed to stay away and our sprinter Kimbers outsmarted the break and took a convincing win! Woohoo two for two!
It was a massively successful weekend for the Roxsolt team! We were very lucky to have the support of Andrew and Leslie Fisher to look after us and of course Kelvin and Tegan for their ongoing support from Roxsolt!
Next week we will be back for more at the Shimano Super Crit! Look out St Kilda Roxsolt is coming!
Well it is nearly time to head back to Aussie land for family catch up time as well as some long summer rides! Im now recovered from surgery I had on my artery and I am more motivated then ever to get fit and strong in preparation for the upcoming season! To complement my long kms I will be racing with the Roxsolt Summer team in the Launceston Criterium and the Super Crit in December before the Bay Crits in January to kick off the new year in the usual way :).
If you would like to know more about Roxsolt and how this great business is supporting women’s cycling then check out their website or send me an email!
2015 Roxcycl Ambassadors Program
October 31 2014
Over the past few months I have been working with the exciting new company; Roxcycl. At Roxcycl we like to do things a bit differently and we are offering 3 NSW or ACT women, over 18 years of age, the opportunity to be supported to chase their goals!
You don’t have to be aspiring to go to the olympics or the win the nationals but we want to help you and all women with access to some top quality Velocio and Vanderkitten cycling kit as well as $1000 to support you towards an event you haven’t don’t before. This could be a master’s race, a triathlon, a MTB race, a NRS race or a pre agreed event.
To find out more please refer to the Roxcycl site click here
In light of this great initiative I thought I would share #mygoalrox for 2015. After a tough year with injury in 2014 my goal for next season is to stand on the top step of a UCI podium in the first six months of 2015. I look forward to chasing this along with monitoring the new Roxcycl ambassadors for 2015!
Lauren is excited to announce she will stay one more year with Hitec Products Women’s Team. The norwegian team offers Lauren a great environment to continue woking towards her cycling goals and she looks forward to repaying the team for their support in 2015;
“I am very happy I am staying with Hitec in 2015, I had a difficult year with an injury this year and Karl, the manager, has been very supportive and helpful and I really hope to repay the team’s support with results in 2015”
Lauren will follow a similar race schedule to the last few years however she hopes to mix things up a little with some new experiences and hopefully a personal challenge of an MTB race or two. Lauren is currently recovering from surgery on her iliac artery but hopes to be firing for the Spring Classics come March;
“I love the Spring races! They are just so hard, they show who is the strongest and there is no where to hide!”
Looking to 2015, Lauren’s goals will include Worlds selection to compete in Richmond come September but before then Lauren hopes to ride herself into the top 10 on a consistent basis as well as the top step on the podium a few times in 2015. Racing and training with an injury for the past few years has taught Lauren a new appreciation for patience and commitment and she can’t wait to get into 2015 to show everyone but most importantly herself just how far she can go!