Lauren Kitchen's blog

21 Apr

Spring Update

Published by Lauren Kitchen

The racing season here in Europe is in full swing and I have been busy racing with my Hitec Products teammates all over Europe for the past two months. Some of the highlights of my program so far have been competeing in the top women's World Cups, such as Flanders and Drentre where I experienced a huge growth of ability accross the womens peloton. The level of women's cycling is being pushed to another level and it is exciting to be a part of.

04 Feb

Team Training Camp

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For the past 10 days I have had the opportunity to get to know my new teammates in Benidorm, Spain. Hitec Products for 2014 is made up of riders and staff from nine different countries from three continents. We have 6 riders from Norway, one each from Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, Italy and France and two from Australia. We have staff from Norway, Belgium and Spain. This mix makes us one of the most multicultural teams as far as the women's peloton is concerned.

21 Jan

Lauren to mix up training with support from Fietsland Boekel

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Im very happy to have the opportunity to mix up my training over the coming months with a Scott Scale mountain bike from Fietland Boekel! I am looking forward to getting into the forest and testing out the bike on some of the great tracks around Belgium and Holland. This will give me that extra motivation on those cold rainy days that I'm sure will continue into the european spring. Thanks to the support of Fietland Boekel and to my manager Henry for this option.


14 Jan

Bay Criterium Series and Australian Nationals 2014

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Wow 2014 has just started with a bang!   
26 Dec

Summer Crits Sum up

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Over the past two months I have been back in Australia, back into training in preparation for 2014 and into the office to get some of my work experience completed for my University degree. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to complete six weeks full time work as a trainee Town Planner at King and Campbell in Port Macquarie, something I really enjoyed and made me very happy with my career choice for post cycling years :)

20 Sep

Update from,Tuscany

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In two days my first experiace of an Elite World Championships will begin, To kick things off is the Team Time Trial World Championships on Sunday morning where I will compete with Wiggle Honda. The race is over 42.5km and is pan flat with not too many technical corners. The six girls representing Wiggle will be; Lotte, Linda, Jo, Dani, Emily and myself. We know that we are capable of a top result if it all falls into place and we have been training hard on the course this week.

25 Jul

Giro day by day

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28.06.13 Friday:

Today I finished my packing for the Giro and headed off on the train from Breda to Buggenhout to meet my Japanese teammate so we could travel to Italy together to meet up with the rest of the Giro squad. For the Giro, I always try to pack extra as there is so much travel involved so this year we no exception with my bag weighing 12kgs

29.06.13 Saturday: 

27 Jun

Giro Preview

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It is only a few days to go now until the Giro Rosa begins on Sunday, It is the largest and most prestigious race on the calender for the women's peleton. This year will be my fourth edition of the Giro, having previoulsy competed with the Australian National team in 2009 and 2010 and with Rabobank in 2012.

20 May

Winning in Moergestel and Oudenbosch

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Over the past two weekends I have won two criteriums in the Ladies Komtour Moergestel and in the Ronde van Oudenbosch. I was very happy to take the wins in these two criteriums, both at 60km in length as they were both very tough aggressive races and with competitive fields. In both races I managed to take a lap on the field and in Moergestel taking the win in a sprint from Esra Tromp of Argos Shimano and taking the win solo in Oudenbosch.

24 Apr

End of the Spring

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The past few weeks have been a busy few weeks for me with the first european stage race of the season as well as the final weekend of the classics. Energiewacht tour was exactly what I had expected but just even more intense. If you imagine 200 girls, winds over 40km/h, pancake flat roads no wider then 4-5 riders wide at best and five days of temperatures not above 8 or 9 degrees and you have Energiewacht tour!


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