The Comeback: Cyclist’s Second Chance At Life

Lauren De Crescenzo celebrates her win. © Cathy Fegan-Kim

(CycloCross) – When Lauren de Crescenzo came across the finish line first to win Utah’s Crusher in the Tushar gravel race in July, she told an interviewer, “I no longer have pain receptors.”

No, the 27-year-old Boulder resident does not have superpowers, she just has a different perspective on the physical pain caused by climbs such as the brutal Col ‘d Crush than most other cyclists do.

In 2016, De Crescenzo was a professional cyclist starting her third year with the DNA Cycling team.

On April 2, 2016, at the San Dimas Road Race in California, De Crescenzo was doing her job as part of the lead-out train for a teammate. When she pulled off just before the finish, her handlebar got caught in the barrier, and she went o.t.b. into the fencing. CONTINUE