Friday, October 26, 2007


Here is a very well done video of the Kalmthout World Cup Cyclocross race! For those of you not familiar with Cyclocross, this will give you a great idea of the mixture of terrain and speed. This is a more technical course, IMHO!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Mandy Rules!

The word is out that Mandy is fast, fast, fast on her new Vanderkitten/Ahrens cross bike! Here is a shot last week from Virginia, lookin' good! She is helping build the Vanderkitten onslaught of racing and promoting VK while in Grad School full time!! She is a living example that life can be lived to the fullest!!

Thank you Mandy for keeping the dream alive!!


The HOTTEST kits in Cross made their debut at the UCI Word Cup in Belgium this weekend! Vanderkitten partnered up with Belgian team wear manufacturer extrordinairre, BioRacer.

Christine Vardaros reports the kits are the best looking and best feeling kits she's ever worn (and she's been at this on 2 continents for a dozen years!!) How do YOU get one? A VERY LIMITED number will be available for public purchase with proceeds going to Vanderkitten Racing to help fund our cycling team!

Check out Vanderkitten webstore the first week of November for more!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Vanderkitten's Christine Vardaros named to US Squad for UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.


USA Cycling announced today the seven athletes that will represent the United States at the upcoming UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Kalmthout, Belgium on October 21. Four men and three women were selected to the squad that will compete in the first of nine UCI Cyclo-cross World Cups this season.

Ryan Trebon (Ventura, Calif./Kona Yourkey), Jonathan Baker (Boulder, Colo./Vitamin Cottage), Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Sunweb Projob) and Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hagens Berman) will race for the men, while Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Spike Shooter), Christine Vardaros (Mill Valley, Calif./Vanderkitten) and Sarah Kerlin (Capitola, Calif./HRS- Rock Lobster) will compete in the women’s race.

Christine will be riding the Reynolds equipped Ahrens "Whole Shot" Cyclocross bike in special Vanderkitten-created livery. The Whole Shot is a prototype bike that features Ahrens' signature ride-tuned yoke system that also provides the benefit of extra mud clearance. The added secret speed ingedient on the bike is achieved by the plaid custom graphics and matching team kits to be unveiled at the opening UCI round. This kit and bike are unlike anything to come before it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Berkeley, Calif. (October 15, 2007) -

Vanderkitten announces the establishment of Vanderkitten Racing, an experienced and talented team of Elite Women cyclists contesting the NRC Road circuit in 2008. Growing on the success of the one-woman team of Liz Hatch in 2007, Vanderkitten will be fielding a 6-woman elite team as well as developmental and regional support riders. "Our success in sponsoring Liz Hatch in 2007 has convinced us that Vanderkitten and cycling go hand in hand. Our focus next year will be the majority of the NRC calendar, and to that effect we have signed 4 immensely talented girls with another 2 athletes to be announced shortly" says Vanderkitten's Mark Zefeldt.

The current roster includes Leigh Valletti of Atlanta, GA, Mandy Lozano of Charlottesville, VA, Christine Vardaros of Mill Valley, CA, with Liz Hatch of Delray Beach, FL returning for another season. The team is accepting resumes and is in serious talks with several bike companies and corporate sponsors.

"Vanderkitten is thrilled to support these hard working, vibrant athletes and the sport of Women's Cycling. We're all looking forward to the upcoming season with great anticipation. Vanderkitten's mission since its inception is to create a long-term relationship with cycling and raise the bar of sponsorships for women athletes. High-profile athletes provide a tremendous marketing value to all parties associated with their image. Women influence both female AND male purchasing decisions. Why, then, have women typically earned less than 10% of most pro male athletes salaries?" asks Vanderkitten's founder David Verrecchia of Berkeley.

Vanderkitten introduced a line of clothing and cycling apparel at Interbike whose proceeds go directly to build the cycling program. For more information please contact or

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Interbike – Las Vegas

Attention to detail aside, and of all the wise tales and past experiences shared, please remember this……. ‘sleep is not a requirement to function in Las Vegas’.

Vanderkitten’s 1st Interbike was truly a success. Did you happen to stop by booth #158 (the one with the pink plaid sign)? Chat with Dave or Mark, hang with one or more of the smile filled girls……Liz, Mandy, Leigh, Jackie, or Jen?

We would like to thank everyone who made it by to say Hi, Introduce themselves, Congratulate the women, or to place an order for some Kick Ass apparel. I speak for all of us when I say we were pleased to meet you and spend time sharing the Vanderkitten story.

Of course any posting wouldn’t be complete without a few road time antics (pictures).