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    Vanderkitten Signs Christine Vardaros to 2007 Women's Cyclocross Team

    For Immediate Release
    July 30, 2007

    Berkeley, CA -- Vanderkitten, Clothing for Women Who Kick Ass, announces the signing of UCI Elite cyclocross athlete Christine “Peanut” Vardaros to lead its newly-established women’s cyclocross team. Christine will fly the flashy new Vanderkitten colors—a standout pink-plaid team kit—while piloting a Vanderkitten team-edition Ahrens Whole Shot cyclocross frame in World Cup, Superprestige, and US National Series races. The Mill Valley, CA native who spends much of her season based in Leuven, Belgium finished last season ranked 22nd in the world, earning herself a spot on the US National Team for the 2007 World Championships.

    "We are thrilled with the opportunity to work with Christine,” says Vanderkitten co-founder Dave Verrecchia. “Having a top-level racer who’s dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experience with her teammates and other female cyclists of all ability levels is invaluable to our growing cyclocross team. Christine doesn’t just race—she’s a journalist, a cycling rights advocate, and an animal rights advocate as well. Her community involvement lines up with Vanderkitten’s goals to do some good in the world while having fun on bikes.”

    Christine will provide mentorship and support to the women of Vanderkitten’s cyclocross team, which is a grassroots team open to cyclocross racers of any ability level. With Christine’s help, Vanderkitten hopes to bring more women into the sport of cyclocross—whether they come from road-riding, mountain-biking, or non-cycling backgrounds.

    Says Christine, “I chose to ride for Vanderkitten particularly because of what it stands for—permission for women to be athletic while retaining their femininity. Vanderkitten not only encourages women like me to play rough and dirty, but also provides us with feminine clothing so we look sexy as we sprint through the mud. Vanderkitten sends the message to women around the world that it is possible to be powerful and athletic while maintaining poise and grace.”

    Vanderkitten is currently looking for US riders of all levels to race in the team kit, and take advantage of stellar team pricing on the hand-built Ahrens Whole Shot frames. Complete bikes are also available at team pricing for a limited time, thanks to Vanderkitten sponsors FSA and Reynolds. More information can be found at www.vanderkitten.com.

    To join Christine on the Vanderkitten cyclocross team, or to inquire about frames and team kits, email Dave Verrecchia at dave@vanderkitten.com.

    To learn more about Christine, visit www.christinevardaros.com



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    source: Jackie Baker
    www.vanderkitten.com
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