The Vanderkitten, 'Clothing for Women Who Kick Ass' cycling team has announced the signing of US cyclo-crosser Christine Vardaros to lead its newly established women's cyclo-cross team. The Mill Valley, California native - who spends much of her season based in Leuven, Belgium - plans to compete in UCI World Cup, Superprestige and US National Series races.
Last year Vardaros finished 22nd in the UCI rankings, earning herself a place on the US National Team for the 2007 World Championships. She will also provide mentorship and support to other members of the Vanderkitten team, a grassroots outfit open to cyclo-cross racers of any level.
"I chose to ride for Vanderkitten particularly because of what it stands for - permission for women to be athletic while retaining their femininity," said Vardaros. "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."