Lauren is an Australian professional cyclist, splitting her time between France and Port Macquarie, Australia. Lauren’s mission is to become the best version of herself through leadership, commitment and determination. Lauren values independence and courage, and pursues the path to empower others to reach their dreams and goals. Lauren holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, which she completed along side her Professional cycling career.
Lauren wins in France
In 2004 Lauren was selected to be part of a talent squad of ‘could be’ cyclists of the North Coast Academy of Sport ‘NCAS’. Under the guidance of her coaches; Kevin Fletcher and Graham Seers Lauren developed through the junior ranks and as an U19 was selected as part of the Real Aussie Kids, ‘RAK’ cycling program.
In 2007 and 2008 while part of the Real Aussie Kids development cycling team, Lauren was selected as part of the Australian Junior Road Team and raced the Junior World Championships in Mexico and South Africa, respectively. Lauren completed her studies in 2008 and in 2009 began studying a bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning shortly after.
Lauren’s first national title, The Australian U19 Road Race 2008
After overcoming a broken pelvis in 2008, Lauren began her first season as an elite category rider in 2009 and was selected to form part of a 6 week altitude study camp, She gained a two month Australian Institute of Sport, AIS, scholarship at the conclusion of this camp and competed with the National team in the USA, Canada and Italy.
The Altitude camp held in Canberra between March and May in 2009 was a tough six weeks which opened up further opportunities for Lauren.
In 2010 and 2011, Lauren competed in Europe with the Australian National Team, with a scholarship from the AIS. This valuable experience helped her make the jump to a european professional team in 2012, when she joined the dutch Rabobank squad with the World number one, Marianne Vos.
Lauren was the 2011 Australian Criterium Champion
Training camp in Mojacar with Rabobank February 2012
In 2013 Lauren joined the English team; Wiggle Honda, and after a successful year of consistent results, Lauren was selected for her first senior World Championships held in Florence, Italy
2014 Australian National Road Race Podium
The Norwegian Team, Hitec Products gave Lauren an opportunity to develop further for 2014 and the season began with a very strong Nationals campaign including a silver medal in the Road Race and Bronze in the Criterium. However the great start was not to last and Lauren struggled through the majority of 2014 with an ongoing injury of external iliac artery endofibrosis. After a successful surgery in October 2014, Lauren focused on a good recovery which lead to a very successful 2015 season with 5 UCI (world level) wins and an end of year ranking of 26th in the world. Lauren was also a key member of the 2015 World Championships team for Australia.
2016 was a big year with Lauren’s most constant results to date, Lauren stepped up in the big one day classics with multiple top tens in World Tour events and a handful of podiums throughout the season. Lauren capped of the year with a strong showing at the World Championships in Qatar
Lauren Raced for WM3 in 2017 (Image: Getty Images)
In 2017 Lauren raced with WM3 Pro cycling team, again teaming up with dutch powerhouse rider, Marianne Vos. Now in the experienced half of the peloton, Lauren took up the full time role of Team Captain within the squad, sharing her experience with the younger riders and helping to lead the team decisions on the road to capture results in the world’s biggest races. In 2018, Lauren signed with French squad, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope.
In 2018, Lauren picked up a silver medal at the National Championships along with two victories later in the season in France. These victories were especially sweet after returning from Injury with a broken arm suffered at the end of April after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race. Through 2019 Lauren continued her work as the Team Captain of the french registered squad and was again selected for the World Championships team for Australia, where she was part of the squad that helped Amanda Spratt to Bronze in Yorkshire. Lauren remains with FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope in 2020.
January 2020 (Image: Laura Fletcher)