A young up and coming athlete, Steve Caunce Limited is proud to be sponsoring cyclist Lauren Bate-Lowe this year . Lauren’s interest in track cycling was sparked in the summer of 2012 by the London Olympics. After watching the track cycling she decided to go to the Manchester Velodrome to see what it took to get involved. Lauren found that to try it she had to take part in a taster session at the Velodrome which involved a 10 week wait for a place. When Lauren finally did she was hooked and soon after enquired about joining the club Eastland’s velo based at the Velodrome. Lauren then had another two month wait until a place became available allowing Lauren to finally ride the track regularly in January 2013.
Progressing through the ranks
Lauren soon progressed through the clubs ability levels and it became apparent that she had a talent for riding fast as she began to beat older, more established girls and boys of her age in sprints. Lauren started to race regularly at the Knowsley track league based at the outdoor velodrome in Huyton, eventually going on to win her category that year. In May she entered the regional youth omnium, held over three rounds this is an event were the riders race five events in one day and the winner is the rider with the best average of results. The top five riders at the end of the three rounds qualify for the National Final later in July. Against all the established riders in the North Lauren showed she had real potential winning a number of the races in the rounds and eventually qualifying for the National final in Reading. Although the final didn’t go as well as Lauren hoped qualifying was an achievement in its self at this stage.
The next challenge for Lauren was the Youth and Junior National Championships held over a week at the Manchester Velodrome, this is where the national titles are earned. As an under 14’s rider the main event to enter was the omnium. Lauren rode superb and although finished fifth overall in the event she narrowly missed a medal place. The same week Lauren entered her first True Sprint event at 13 years old she was riding against 15 & 16 year olds but Lauren showed where her true talent was coming 5ht overall beating some quality established riders along the way.
By now Lauren was starting to show real potential and in October she was selected for the British Cycling Olympic Talent program. Known as the Talent Team this is the first step on the ladder into the GB setup known as the Performance Pathway. Soon after that Lauren was selected to race in that years Revolution, Future Stars Event, held over five rounds in Manchester, London and Glasgow. This is an event held on the same night as the senior elite riders in front of a full house and is top level competition designed to give young riders the experience of racing on the big stage. Lauren performed well throughout the series gaining valuable experience.
2014 began with a series of regular training camps with the talent team and regular track league racing at Manchester. As the year went on Lauren had been struggling with reoccurring tonsillitis which had been hindering her training and school so after a lot of doctors’ appointments Lauren was offered the chance to get them removed, Lauren took a couple of months out to get it done with the hope of being fit for the Nationals in August.
By August Lauren was fully recovered and had a great national championships getting a silver and bronze in the under sixteen sprint event and two bronze in under eighteen sprint event. Shortly afterwards Lauren was selected to represent the North West for the Sainsbury’s school games. This is an event based on a Commonwealth/ Olympic Games format. Young athletes from all kinds of sports compete over three days staying in an athlete’s village as a team to give them the experience of the bigger events as well as some top level competition. The North West won their title that year with Lauren coming home with four medals.
In October 2014 Lauren was promoted to the Olympic Development Program as a confirmed sprinter for GB, this is the next step up on the performance pathway program and is aimed at junior riders. As Lauren still had another year to go to be considered for this she got on a year early. Lauren was again selected for the Revolution Future Stars unfortunately a bad crash in round two meant Lauren did not have the best of series this time round.
2015 was mainly for Lauren’s regular training routine and training camps with very few racing opportunities this year as a sprinter putting the main focus on the Nationals that August. During the 2015 Nationals there was a lot of expectation on Lauren, the older riders who had been in Laurens way were now too old and Lauren was favourite for the sprint. Lauren didn’t disappoint easily winning the under sixteens but more importantly breaking the national record and becoming the first youth girl to ride under 12 seconds in qualifying. Lauren went on to get gold in the 500m TT which is a two lap sprint with the fastest time being the winner, again more importantly she broke the national record for this too. A silver in the under eighteens sprint topped off a great week.
Lauren has recently had her GB placed confirmed on the newly structured performance pathway with a place on the junior academy sprint team. Steve Caunce Limited wish Lauren the best of luck with all of her in events in 2016 and onwards.