Lauren Hall

Talking to Lauren Hall

How did you first get into cycling?

My background is in soccer. I thought I would be a professional soccer player. I made it to the semi-professional ranks and it didn’t work out. That was in 2001. I started running for fitness and health and then in 2006 my brother talking me into running a marathon. So I ran the marathon thinking that I would go do a triathlon next. So I went to the bike shop and bought a bike. The guys invited me on a group ride and then I never made it to the swimming.

What advice would you give to young girls today with dreams of racing like you someday?

My advice would be to give it time. It doesn’t happen overnight. There are those anomalies that do come through pretty fast, and that do get to the top very fast. But that is not normal. Don’t rush it. Don’t try to fit into a weight or a certain size – just because some people are good climbers doesn’t mean you have to be skinny – so give it time.

In a largely male-dominated sport, how important is it for you to feel feminine on the bike?

I grew up with two older brothers, so I am a tomboy. But these girls, and the other teams I have been on, they are my sisters. They have opened me up to be a little more feminine – I still don’t wear makeup – but doing little things like painting my nails that I do now, they bring it out of me.

If you could describe fi’zi:k in one word what would it be?


What is your favorite feature about the new R3B Donna shoes?

The new micro adjusting Boa closure.