Lauren Stephens riding high for Olympic selection in Wednesday's US time trial championship

Lauren Stephens in the time trial at the Tour of the Gila
Lauren Stephens in the time trial at the Tour of the Gila (Image credit: Velo Images / Tour of the Gila)

Lauren Stephens has been pulling out all of the stops for what could be her last chance to make the USA Olympic team, with her sights set on Wednesday's women's individual time trial at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships in Charleston, West Virginia. The winner of the event will get an automatic ticket to Paris.

After her victory in the Tour of the Gila, Stephens has been training at altitude in hopes she'll be flying when it comes to race day at just above sea level. Making the Olympics, she tells Cyclingnews, "is part of my reasoning - I don't know how much longer I want to do this because it is a lot of hard work - how much longer do I want to work this hard?"

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.