Cycle Speedway – Lauren Jacobs

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Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain

22 MAY 2015 - IPSWICH, GBR - 2012 European and British Individual Champion Lauren Jacobs of Ipswich Cycle Speedway Club pictured at the club's track at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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22 MAY 2015 – IPSWICH, GBR – 2012 European and British Individual Champion Lauren Jacobs of Ipswich Cycle Speedway Club pictured at the club’s track at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain

Selected to ride for Great Britain in cycle speedway’s 2013 World Championships in Australia, but unable to fly as she recovered from an arm injury, Lauren Jacobs call up to the British women’s squad for this years event has been most welcome. “For me its like I’ve been picked to ride in the Olympics so its a massive honour. Its just amazing.”

As 2012 European and British Women’s Champion she has experienced big event pressure and knows the competition could be tough but believes that she has learned a lot since winning those titles which will help her now. “I think my gating has improved. I think if you’re a gater and can do the race line it gives you a massive advantage out of the start.”

Additionally she feels that her success at the European Championships has helped improve her confidence. “Once I’d won the Europeans I was up for it and wanted it and that’s where I think it has mainly come from.

“I used to be like ‘I’m not going to go up the inside of them in case I hurt them if I take them off’ but now I’ve learned that if I go up the inside we’ll probably both fall off but I’ll get more out of it.”

She also receives plenty of encouragement from within the Ipswich team she has been a member of since starting. “I’ve grown up with the likes of Josh (Brooke) and Leon (Mower). I used to go to school with them and everything so we’ve grown up through cycle speedway together. They’re the main ones that have really helped me because if they were not there to push me I’d be lazy and just not do but they shout at me and everything so I have to push.”

10 MAY 2015 - GREAT BLAKENHAM, GBR - Lauren Jacobs (left) of Ipswich Eagles Cycle Speedway Club tries to find a way past Jon Jo Slaughter of Great Blakenham during their South East 2 League fixture at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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10 MAY 2015 – GREAT BLAKENHAM, GBR – Lauren Jacobs (left) of Ipswich Eagles Cycle Speedway Club tries to find a way past Jon Jo Slaughter of Great Blakenham during their South East 2 League fixture at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, Great Britain

Jacobs can’t remember exactly how long ago she started but she does remember the circumstances. “My brother rode for Great Blakenham and then they started the Whitton one (Ipswich Cycle Speedway Club) back up and my mum told me I wasn’t allowed to come so I snuck out of my bedroom window, came over and it started from there. I did get into big trouble when I got home. It was about a month before she let me come over.”

Success followed locally both individually as well as with the Ipswich Eagles, the junior of the clubs two teams.

“We have won the South East 2 League for so many years and I’ve always been part of the SE2 team so its like our title.”

Then in 2012 came the victory in the European Championships hosted on her home track at Ipswich followed by success at the British Championships. Unfortunately her achievements were overshadowed even locally by the London Olympics. It wasn’t until she was asked to do a presentation on a topic that summed her up during a course at work that Jacob’s colleagues heard of her triumphs.

“I had to speak that out in front of 100 people and then the whole lot got to know about it and they asked ‘Lauren, you were British and European champion, why don’t you speak about it ?’ and I’m like ‘I don’t want to feel big headed about it.’”

17 MAY 2015 - IPSWICH, GBR - Lauren Jacobs of Ipswich Eagles waits for the start of the Elite League Combination cycle speedway fixture against Horspath Hammers at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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17 MAY 2015 – IPSWICH, GBR – Lauren Jacobs of Ipswich Eagles waits for the start of the Elite League Combination cycle speedway fixture against Horspath Hammers at Whitton Sports and Community Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain

The arm injury still gives her problems but that has not put her off racing. “I’ll still always have a problem with it because its to do with the shoulder and all the arm.”

Working with a physiotherapist has helped and allowed her to continue racing in the sport despite the importance of the arms and shoulders at race starts. “I kinda deal with it and learn to live with the pain but its getting there.”

For some the injury would act as a deterrent to racing again but not Jacobs. “I’m quite sporty. Its like a way to get your anger out. Its a dangerous sport because you’ve got no brakes but its just something I like doing.

“My friends just think I’m silly because I race a bike with no brakes and I go as fast as I can so they’re are just ‘I’d never do that.’”

Away from the track Jacobs enjoys playing football and mountain biking. “The only thing I find is that when I do go out on my mountain bike and go round a corner this (left) leg always comes out whereas it should be staying on the pedal.”

Still though with several years racing left in her she has clearly considered her future.

“I definitely would like to go into training or coaching because I feel somebody spent their time coaching me so I feel I should give something back to the sport to then get the next generation coming through into where I am at the minute.”

10 MAY 2015 - GREAT BLAKENHAM, GBR - 2012 European and British champion Lauren Jacobs (left) of Ipswich Eagles Cycle Speedway Club offers advice to team mate Chloe Pearce during the South East 2 League fixture against Great Blakenham at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2015 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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10 MAY 2015 – GREAT BLAKENHAM, GBR – 2012 European and British champion Lauren Jacobs (left) of Ipswich Eagles Cycle Speedway Club offers advice to team mate Chloe Pearce during the South East 2 League fixture against Great Blakenham at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, Great Britain



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