Lauren Booth News Update
On the warmest day of the year so far, I met with Team Booth to chat with British Paracycling’s hottest young talent.
Lauren, and her mum, Lisajayne were just returned from a training camp in Leeds earlier in the month, where Lauren had been selected for the British Cycling programme, Track 2Tokyo. The British Cycling coaches are now in very close contact, monitoring Lauren’s progress as she gets in peak condition to become a multi-discipline track and road contender for the 2020 Paralympics, riding in the metaphorical slipstream of cycling idol,Dame Sarah Storey who Lauren now competes against.
As most 14 years olds settle into a summer of hunting Pokemon, and not tidying their rooms, Lauren’s holidays will be spent continuing her training programme and improving the shrine to cycling which she calls her bedroom. On Tuesdays she does endurance training at Castle Combe; Wednesdays, turbo sessions; Thursdays, competitions, at Castle Combe; Friday means a strength and conditioning session before her favourite day of the week; her Saturday meet at the Newport velodrome. Sunday is a 2 hour road ride and on Monday, she takes a rest. (Phew.)
Lauren will be competing at the National Championships in August and Sainsbury’s UK school games in September at Loughborough. Her October highlight will be another intensive training camp with British Cycling.
If she was 17, Lauren would currently be ranked 5th in the world, but she has another 1 ½ years before she can start International events and claim that title. Lauren’s too busy to be concerned about that, though. She’s got a bike, her heroes to watch at Rio next month and she’ll be breaking records in Tokyo before we know it.
Keep up with the news from Lauren on her website here.