Lauren De Crescenzo

Race Highlights

2021 Gravel World Champion (new course record)
2021 Unbound Gravel Champion
2021 SBT Grvl Champion (new course record)
2021 Rad Dirt Champion (won by over 1 hour)
2021 Crusher in the Tushar QOM
2020 Everesting World Record

It’s hard to overstate the year Lauren’s had. The way it came to an end is equally extraordinary. Wins at Unbound, SBT GRVL, Gravel Worlds, and The ‘Rad. And a broken collarbone after winning her final race by an hour. Just a wild year. No rhetorical flourishes needed.

Despite the huge (HUGE!) year she’s had, Lauren took time to answer our off-topic list of questions. Notably, almost 100% of respondents to this questionnaire have told us they’re terrible at ball sports. Lauren is no exception. There may be some correlation here, but we’re having trouble making it out.

We also learned that, even with an engine this big, mental fortitude matters. Off the bike, we learned her tastes are equal parts hardcore East Coast hip hop, French existentialism, and… Rick and Morty. And the best way to finish a ride? Meatballs, obviously.

Read on to discover the perfect gravel event (somebody give this woman $50M) and the correct sock color.

 

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Find a different sport”- Olympic Training Center, circa 2011

What race result are you the proudest of and why?

My one pandemic result, Everesting. I was drastically unprepared but pushed through the pain to set a new world record. All my friends were there to cheer me on and we had a big party in the river afterwards!

What’s been the highlight of your racing career?

Unbound 2021 was a special win for me. I crashed in the 2019 edition and I still have a lot of PTSD around my TBI. But in January I decided with my team that our big goal for the season was to show up ready to win Unbound. So, for 6 months, I would do my intervals after working all day on Zwift. Specifically, I worked on my short explosive climbing ability and controlling and expanding my fitness zones. I did some road races beforehand to build confidence, practice surging/attacking and work on my positioning in the peloton. That win was the culmination of overcoming a lot of adversity and a ton of hard work. It was an emotional moment I won’t ever forget.

First Endurance has been my go-to drink mix for racing and training. It’s great for topping off my glycogen stores and replenishing electrolytes, ensuring I stay cramp-free. Most importantly, I’ve been able to feel strong and mentally alert at the end of some of the world’s toughest gravel races. This mental clarity has helped me win big races like Unbound, SBT, and Gravel Worlds.

 

MY NUTRITION PLAN


Q&A


What has First Endurance helped you accomplish or overcome?
First Endurance has been my go-to drink mix for racing and training. It’s great for topping off my glycogen stores and replenishing electrolytes, ensuring I stay cramp-free. Most importantly, I’ve been able to feel strong and mentally alert at the end of some of the world’s toughest gravel races. This mental clarity has helped me win big races like Unbound, SBT, and Gravel Worlds.

What’s your favorite First Endurance product (and flavor) and why?
Lemon Lime EFS-PRO. It’s pro and I like lemonade.

What’s your favorite race to ride? And/or to watch? (Location and why.)
SBT Gravel. Colorado is my home! My husband’s family lives in Steamboat and it’s where we got engaged.

What race result are you the proudest of and why?
My one pandemic result, Everesting. I was drastically unprepared but pushed through the pain to set a new world record. All my friends were there to cheer me on and we had a big party in the river afterwards!

What was the first concert you ever went to and who were you with?
When I was 13 years-old, my mom took me to see John Mayer with opening acts by Counting Crows and Maroon 5!

What’s your favorite place in the world (and why)?
Boulder, Colorado. The riding is incredible! I grew-up nearby in Broomfield, CO and my dad makes amazing Italian food. His house is about 10 miles away from all the big Boulder climbs. When I’m done riding, there are always meatballs awaiting me at home!

Do you have any special pre-race rituals?
I listen to the song, “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” by DMX and “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. Get’s me going!

What sport are you the worst at?
Any sport that requires hand-eye coordination! So basically every sport besides cycling.

What’s your favorite book and why?
I don’t have a single favorite book, but I read The Plague by Albert Camus at the beginning of the pandemic for its relevance, and I became a Camus fangirl.

What’s your favorite movie and why?
I can’t name my favorite move either, but I can 100% say my favorite TV show is Rick and Morty. I think it’s the funniest show ever!

How did you get started in the sport?
In 2007, I started Broomfield High School’s very first cycling team. We didn’t race. We just went out on long bike rides and thought we were cool!

What do you love most about the sport?
All the people I’ve met along the way. My husband and I met on a group ride. My maid of honor was a former teammate. I have a matching pony forearm tattoo with another former teammate. Most of my closest friends and I share a love of cycling!

What’s been the highlight of your racing career?
Unbound 2021 was a special win for me. I crashed in the 2019 edition and I still have a lot of PTSD around my TBI. But in January I decided with my team that our big goal for the season was to show up ready to win Unbound. So, for 6 months, I would do my intervals after working all day on Zwift. Specifically, I worked on my short explosive climbing ability and controlling and expanding my fitness zones. I did some road races beforehand to build confidence, practice surging/attacking and work on my positioning in the peloton. That win was the culmination of overcoming a lot of adversity and a ton of hard work. It was an emotional moment I won’t ever forget.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Find a different sport”- Olympic Training Center, circa 2011

If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Not a bicycle because I really don’t like riding in sand. If I could trade 2 items for 1 person, I would bring my husband Jim. We could keep each other entertained until the end of time! Or at least until another ship found us.

If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?
Flying. It would make traveling to the races much easier!

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won $50 million in the lottery?
I would make my own race in my hometown called BRMFLD GRVL CRCS (Broomfield Gravel Circus). I would pay participants’ airfare and lodging, and the race would obviously be free. It would have a ball pit, a petting zoo, several circus acts, and my Dad would serve his famous post-ride meatballs. Fireworks would go off every time a finisher crossed the line. It would put Broomfield on the map and by the time it met all my requirements, there would be no money left!

What word do you hate?
Phlegm because it sounds gross, and it is gross. Plus, it’s hard to spell!

What’s your favorite website?
Strava! Obviously.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, I thought it would be so cool to be an astronaut and land on the moon!

Describe your first bike.
Aluminum Fuji with Shimano 105 and a triple chainring. I needed the extra gears at the time!

Describe the perfect ride in five words.
Flapjacks, friends, fun, fast, fountain-drinks.

In the absence of sponsor requirements, what is the correct sock height and color?
Long white socks. They’re just so fresh and so clean!

What do you want to do after your racing career?
I’ll go back to my big kid job as an epidemiologist.