I spoke to Lauren Perry on the Sunday following the Stan Siejka Classic where she had taken 2nd place with a field of elite women which included first place winner Belinda Goss, South Australian Tiffany Cromwell and Melbourne local Bridie O'Donnell.
If you ask Lauren what its like to come 2nd at the Stan Siejka Classic, you'll find that its a lot like coming first!
I caught Lauren in between races at the Launceston Track Carnival, her result in the Stan Siejka Classic was fantastic and she was obviously ecstatic at the placing amongst the elite women and I could still hear the smile in her voice.
Lauren is only 15 years old and when it came around to lining up for the elite women's race in Launceston her goal had been to hold on, she had never expected this result and to be on top with a podium full of Tassie girls is an incredibly proud moment. Lauren is putting the experience of this race down as her current all time favourite, riding with the elite women, women that she's looked up to since she started racing. To be able to stay on Belinda Goss's wheel and as Lauren said,
"coming into the finishing straight I was on Belinda Goss's wheel and because she is so experienced she new how to sprint and sort of made it hard for me. I had to go round through the wind, but the gap just got smaller and smaller and for her to beat me by only half a bike in the end, I was so happy with it."
Lauren has signed on to Pure Tasmania-Deloitte TIS Cycling for 2012 and she's very excited about what her future holds, Lauren is looking forward to Nationals and finishing with a medal or top five in August 2012.
Her parents are vital to her success, her dad's coaching her and her mum is her biggest fan. Her advice to junior athletes is too,
"if they're ever finding it hard or struggling just keep pushing through because their is always light at the end of the tunnel, all the work eventually pays off."
SheRides Cycling looks forward to watching Lauren progress with her new team Pure Tasmania-Deloitte TIS Cycling over the 2012 season and we wish her many safe days on the bike! We'll be keeping up to date with what Lauren is up to throughout the season and watching the women and girls from Pure Tasmania-Deloitte TIS Cycling with interest and anticipation for strong results!Pictures from Pure Tasmania-Deloitte TIS Cycling