Lauren De Crescenzo during 2021 SBT GRVL Lauren De Crescenzo has proven she is fast and fit, on both paved surfaces and rock-strewn odysseys. Now as one of 15 new women among the 70-rider field of the Life Time Grand Prix, she’s working on her technical talents in order to contend in four of the mountain bike events among the seven-race series.
The 2021 Unbound Gravel champion, and runner-up last year, is in her third season at Cinch Cycling with a calendar dominated with gravel events, in the US and abroad. Unlike the past two years, she has a new approach coming into Emporia, Kansas for another top finish at Unbound , which is "not using racing to build fitness."
"For 2023, we opted for a different run-in for the first part of the season, so I can be fresher for the second half," De Crescenzo told Cyclingnews a few days before taking the start line of the opening gravel contest of the Grand Prix.
"The majority of the Life Time races are in the second part of the season, as well as US Gravel Nationals and UCI Worlds . This approach requires me to be on top of my Cinch Cycling training program and can mentally be more challenging, as I’m not using racing to build fitness."
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