2014 California Enduro Series Queen: Lauren Gregg

Nov 12, 2014 at 11:45
by Lindsay Beth Currier  

Over the past few years, Lauren Gregg, the new 2014 California Enduro Series Queen, has made quite a few appearances at womens specific gravity mountain biking events. From participating in the Shine Ladies Jump Jam on the Camp of Champions Air Bag at Sea Otter in 2013 and 2014, Lauren has also competed in Sweetlines Sugar Showdown and has enjoyed dirt jumping for several years. As unfortunate it may seem that Lauren was not out showing the world her stellar skills on the gravity circuits, it is all a part of her master plan for becoming a world class professional downhill racer. When she made the statement that she would progress on to Enduro for 2014, we knew we needed this strong, inspiring, female on our team. Lauren went on to having an excellent season, beginning at the Sea Otter Classic Enduro, the first stop of the California Enduro Series. Read on about Lauren's season highlights, how she got into mountain biking, her progressive plan from cross country to downhill, how she trains, her biggest challenges racing gravity, and her favorite stop of CES 2014. Lauren also describes her most inspiring competitor, junior racers, and her plans for the off season. Watch out ladies, Lauren plans to defend her CES title in 2015 and hopes to take top 5 for the very first USA Cycling Enduro National Championship. Thank you Lauren, we are so proud of you and can't wait to see where you go with your skills and talent!

Sea Otter Classic 2013 photo Brad Davies

Lauren Gregg hitting the Camp of Champions Air Bag at the 2013 Shine Ladies Jump Jam at Sea Otter Classic. photo: Brad Davies


What were your personal season highlights?
Being picked up by FOX at the beginning of the season was definitely a highlight. They were my first big industry sponsor and it was really amazing to have them step up and show faith in me as a rookie gravity racer. Their support has been key to the success of my season. Getting my first magazine cover shot was also super exciting. The high point of the season was ultimately taking home the Champion title for California Enduro Series.

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Photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


What is your current Enduro Set-Up:
Yeti SB66 w/ FOX Float 36 160, Float X CTD Adjust

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cred- Scott McClain, Called to Creation


How/when did you get into MTB racing?
I started racing mountain bikes in 2009 when I was 18 years old. My dad had an old mountain bike in the garage that I had started riding, and I fell in love with it right away. I went into a bike shop to fix a flat tire and ended up buying a mountain bike DVD. I watched the movie and couldn't believe there were guys riding and racing their bikes for a living. I knew then and there that was what I wanted to do. I signed up for my first race and started riding and training with the goal of becoming a pro. I wanted to race downhill, but did not have a DH bike so I started with cross country. I had planned to switch to DH once I got the right bike, but ended up finding a lot of success in XC and stuck with it for five years.

When did you decide you wanted to go gravity and what inspired you to make the switch?
I decided to finally make the switch to gravity this past year, 2014. I was really burnt out on cross country. At the end of my XC career, I had lost a lot of the things that made me fall in love with my bike in the first place. I love the adrenaline of shredding down a trail, not spending every day doing intervals on the road bike. I was so stoked watching Enduro gain popularity and it was a logical step for me. Enduro is really the kind of riding and racing that I want to be doing.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


How did you make this transition?
I definitely had to switch up my training and learn a new riding style. I really needed to refocus on my technical descending skills. Body position and technique became super important. I also worked a lot on my upper body and core strength, which has really helped me with my bike handling at higher speeds.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


What was your training regime for Enduro this year?
I spent 3 days in the gym and 5 days on the bike every week. In the gym, I really focused on upper body and core. On the bike, I would do a couple days of intervals, which were super important for Enduro racing because it really does require a lot of burst fitness. The rest of my rides were spent sessioning DH sections and trying to figure out ways to shave off time on descents.

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photo: Bogdan Marian


What was your biggest challenge with gravity racing?
Finding the line between being aggressive enough and being reckless. I really wanted to push my limits, but I also new that consistency and staying injury-free was going to be the key to success. It was hard to push myself to the edge without any major crashes.

Are we on the moon .. Lauren Gregg is your first rider down Stage 1. It should be a good day of racing.

photo: Long Nguyen


What was your favorite stop of the California Enduro series and why?
The Kamikaze Enduro at Mammoth was my favorite stop this year. It was the most technically challenging course and it was a little bit intimidating, but my runs really came together on race day and I was stoked with my times. I conquered my fears and was really happy with the result.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


What was it like being a part of Shine this season?
I was really excited to get involved with Shine this season. I'm stoked to be working with an organization that is inspiring more women to ride gravity. Shine has supported me through this season with product, encouragement, and an awesome group of female riders who love to get rad. Being promoted and supported as a member of the women's gravity movement has been great and is something I'm really grateful for and excited about.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


Who was your most inspiring competitor?
Jackie Swider really inspired me this season. She came back after a tough injury and killed it at the Northstar Enduro. It really hard to mentally get over an injury, and it was super rad to see her push through the mental block and shred that course.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


Most inspiring female junior(s)?:
I coach a NorCal High School League mountain bike team here in Santa Cruz, and we have two girls on the team Geneva and Alice who inspire me every time I see them ride. I love how stoked they are on riding and racing bikes. They show me the exciting future of female mountain bike racing.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


How will you spend the off season?
I'll be relaxing and getting ready for next season! I am planning a trip to go ride bikes in Bali in February, so I'm pretty excited about that. I'm hoping to also do some video work during the off season.

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photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation


What are your goals for next season?
I want to defend my title as the California Enduro Series Champion and continue to help that series grow. I am also going to race some EWS races and hope to take Top 5 at the first US Cycling Enduro National Championships.

Thanks Lauren!! - LBC

Cheers! - Lauren Gregg, Professional Athlete

Learn more:
Lauren's Shine Athlete Profile
Lauren's Ride Fox profile
Lauren's personal website
California Enduro Series


Mentions: @foxracingshox @Royal-Racing @yeticycles @calienduro

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17 Comments

  • + 16
 Wanna go to prom?
  • + 3
 Check out those Kali knee guards slipping off her knee in the first pic of her in full face. Exactly my experience with them. When I did crash in them, not only did my knee get shredded because they slipped, but the pad was shredded too.
  • + 1
 Were your pads too big? This problem has happened to my small legs with several companies. The Kali small actually fits me, but Lauren is even smaller than I... I love my Kali Azis knees and I am super stoked about the new hard plastic pads they have for 2015.
  • + 1
 My Kali's were a size too small because the Kevlar exterior causes too much friction with the ground and MTB pads tend to slip off. I want them tight. They need that rubber ring on the top and bottom inside like some pads have (particularly ones without any straps). They are super comfy and cool, but I think the lightness led to them tearing apart in two places in a 10-15 mph crash. The elbows slip too but I don't go to my elbows too often.
  • + 1
 Nice article by the way, Lindsay!
  • + 4
 1) Its cool to see more profiles of female shredders. Nice work PB
2) Its cool to see more XC racers turning to enduro. More competition and better riding at the pro level is awesome
3) Will you go to prom?
  • + 1
 I am goin to take 1/2 the kudos for #1 since I wrote the article, but yes it is WONDERFUL that PB supports us females and promotes ladies specific articles to the frontpage. Love those folks! We can have equal representation, we just need more women to write more blog posts.
  • + 3
 Lauren is one of my local riding buddies. She's a great chick! Super fun, great rider, all around good person.
  • + 3
 maybe we can have enduro prom at the end of the year...
  • + 1
 Maybe we can have a California Enduro Series Prom at the finals? Like Squaw Valley Prom style?
  • + 3
 10/10 would ride that mans mustache
  • + 2
 Way to go Lauren!
  • - 2
 "3 days in the gym and 5 days on the bike per week"
hmmmm something doesn't seem right... lol Smile
  • + 4
 What? Haha. She clearly means that it's not only one or the other. Most likely 3 days she rides and works out, 2 days she only rides, then 2 days off. Pretty much like most training for racing.
  • - 2
 probably
  • + 0
 Maybe she goes to spinn class.....nah.
  • + 0
 lol all the chicks in my town that bike go to this indoor spinning thing called Soul Cycle haha xD

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