September 11, 2009

Barb partners with Vanderkitten for 2009-10

Pro cyclist Barbara Howe today announced a partnership with Vanderkitten Clothing for the 2010 cyclocross season. A veteran national team member with World Championship experience, Howe will compete on Ibis Cycles’ new Hakkalügi carbon cyclocross bike with forks supplied by Alpha Q. Vanderkitten Racing adds support from current sponsors SRAM, Spinergy, Tifosi Optics, SDG USA, Profile Design, Lazer Helmets and KickBrix Energy Gummies. Based in Berkeley, California, Howe will compete in a diverse array of U.S. Grand Prix of Cyclocross and UCI events in the U.S., beginning with Cross Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on September 23, 2009. Joining Howe for the 2010 season will be Shannon Holden of Spokane, Washington, and Haley Beann of Menlo Park, California.

“I’m really excited to have Barb racing with Vanderkitten for 2010,” said Dave Verrecchia, owner and founder of Vanderkitten. “She’s not only a great competitor, but she’s also an ambassador who actively promotes cycling and women in sport.”

In addition to racing, Howe teaches several cyclocross clinics each year, and maintains a popular blog on Her unique insight into women’s cycling led her to work with Vanderkitten to design a signature line of cyclocross clothing produced by Hot Shoppe Designs which will be available for purchase via this fall.

“Vanderkitten is a great fit,” said Howe. “I’m excited to race this year and represent a brand that is such a great supporter of women in cycling.”

About Vanderkitten
Founded in 2005, Vanderkitten is a performance-driven, casual apparel and cycling wear company for women based in Berkeley, CA. The company will soon launch its all new 2010 line of clothing, made in Italy. For more information, visit

About Barbara Howe
Barbara Howe is a seven year veteran of women’s professional cycling. In 2005 and 2006, Howe represented the United States at Cyclocross World Championships, and she has excelled in road and mountain biking with top finishes at races such as the Nevada City Bicycle Classic and Tour du Grand Montréal. Howe recently recovered from a ruptured achilles tendon sustained while racing in Belgium in late 2007. For more information, visit and

Media Contacts
Vanderkitten - Dave Verrecchia
Phone: 510.290.1675
Email: dave(at)

Barb Howe
Email: barb(at)

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