Old Lake Highlands neighbor Lauren Stephens claimed gold in the 2021 U.S. professional cycling road race national championships June 20 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

It was Stephens’ first national championship title.

“It hasn’t quite soaked in yet…Last night we made a plan to make the race hard,” she said on Instagram. “We said we were here to win. I knew we could, but when I came up the last hill just before the line, I couldn’t stop smiling. We did it!”

Follow Stephens as she competes in the 10-stage Giro d’Italia Donne in Italy.