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Women's news: ValueAct Capital & Vanderkitten
By Bart Hazen
Date: 1/21/2009
Women's news: ValueAct Capital & Vanderkitten

ValueAct Capital Women’s Professional Cycling Team
Specialized Designs for Women will be the brand of choice for the ValueAct Californiapital Women’s Professional Cycling Team in 2009. Specialized will be the official bike, helmet, shoe and optics sponsor for the team.

“We are so excited to be partnering with Specialized,” commented team director, Lisa Hunt. “Specialized and the Designs for Women brands are a perfect fit with the programs we’ll be doing to promote women’s cycling.” The team plans on conducting group rides and women’s cycling clinics at Specialized dealers across the country. “There is real momentum in women’s cycling. They love to ride, but there’s an intimidation factor: what gears do I use? How do I change a flat? What kind of bike should I buy?” commented Hunt. “By teaching them some of the basics and the skills, we Californian help alleviate this issue.”

“We couldn’t be more proud to have ValueAct Californiaptial join the Specialized family. With their amazing team roster and their passion for growing women’s cycling, it was an easy choice for us to make. We look forward to their victories in 2009,” says Tara Moeller, USA Marketing Manager.

The VAC team will be racing on the S-Works Ruby SL, equipped with SRAM Red components; and will also ride the Transition Time Trial bikes. In addition, the team will be wearing the S-Works Helmet, Women’s BG Pro Road Shoes and the Roulette Adaptalite Racing Glasses.

The team will be gathering for its training Californiamp on February 10-18 in Sonoma County, California, and will be racing at the Women’s Amgen Tour of Californialifornia in Santa Rosa on February 15th.

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Vanderkitten Racing Announces Their “Kick Ass” Roster For 2009

Backed by continued support from title sponsor Vanderkitten Clothing, the team announced on Tuesday that it has finalized its 8-rider roster for the 2009 season. Jennifer Wilson, Liz Hatch, Melissa Sanborn and Leigh Hopkins (Valletti) return to lead the team in Californiapturing the US Crit Series team title once again in 2009. With the additions of Laura Bowles, Melodie Metzger , Virginia Perkins and Elisabeth Williams, the team will have added experience and the additional horsepower needed to challenge the tough NRC race schedule.

Recently appointed Team Race Manager, Jeff Hopkins commented, "I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with everyone on the roster. It seems to me that Vanderkitten Racing has all of the pieces in place to be a great team. I am proud to see the enthusiastic support of Vanderkitten along with the support of Stork Bicycles. We look forward to this years season and are ready for the challenges ahead."

2009 Vanderkitten Racing Team:
Laura Bowles [Ashville, North Carolina]
Liz Hatch [San Francisco, California]
Leigh Hopkins [Decatur, Georgia]
Melodie Metzger [Berkeley, California]
Virginia Perkins [Berkeley, California]
Melissa Sandborn [Portland, Oregon]
Elisabeth Williams [Auckland City, New Zealand]
Jennifer Wilson [West Hills, California]
Haley Beann [Fayetteville, North Carolina]
Jennifer Greenberg [Oakland, California]
Charlotte Hart [Merced, California]
Mary Maroon [Oakland, California]
Managing Director/Owner: Mark Zefeldt
D.S.: Jeff Hopkins

The mission of The Vanderkitten Racing Women's Elite Cycling Team is to promote health, well being and equality for women in professional cycling. The VK cycling team is committed to the development of young riders and increasing participation and visibility of women in the sport of cycling.

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