Bridie O’Donnell announced in Amgen Tour of California Invitational Women’s TT Lineup

Bridie O’Donnell

3 Time Oceania Champion and 2009 Australian Open Pro Time Trial Champ Bridie O’Donnell has been announced as one of the ten elite women to contest the 2nd annual Amgen Tour of California Women’s TT presented by SRAM.
The event, run in conjunction with the Mens Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California in Bakersfield, is set to once again showcase the very top female Time Triallists in the world, with 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Kristin Armstrong (USA) recieving top billing against esteemed company including Sweden’s Emilia Fahlin (Specialized Lululemon) and USA’s Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS).

For Vanderkitten-Focus, the invite represents an important milestone in the development of the squad as a top tier team.

According to Vaderkitten-Focus Sports Director Jono Coulter: “Vanderkitten has always strived to empower women through athletics, and we are thrilled that AEG and Medallist have once again created an event in which the worlds best female cyclists are showcased alongside the best male riders in the world at their event.  Vanderkitten owner Dave Verrecchia has consistently built upon the success of the program every year, and we were thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Criterium in 2008, where the kitties were among the crowd favourites! Over successive years we have built an International squad capable of competing on the world stage and now, with the inclusion of Bridie, have one of the worlds top Time Triallists on our team. To have Bridie rocking the Vanderkitten-Focus kit in one of the most prestigious specialty women’s events in the USA. We could not be more happy”.

Bridie will race a 2012 Focus Izalco Chrono 1.0 at the event, with Kask K.31 Chrono Helmet giving her an aero advantage over the 29km slightly rolling course.

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Redlands Classic- Bring It ON!!!

Vanderkitten Focus- Calm Before the hurricane!

The Vanderkitten-Focus 2012 campaign begins in earnest tomorrow morning with the Prologue of the Redlands Cycling Classic in California, USA.
The worlds best Women Cyclists have assembled in the delightful town East of LA for what will be the first true test of the 2012 Road Cycling Season.
Vanderkitten-Focus has assembled our best squad yet, with 6 athletes coming off a tough edition of San Dimas Stage Race in which Emily Collins, Kate Chilcott and Ruth Winder all recorded top ten finishes. With young hardwoman Jazzy Hurikino in lead out duties, the experience of Connecticut’s Kathleen Billington and the never say die attitude of Courntey Van Dimpel the team will try to build on its performances at San Dimas beginning with the 3.1 Mile Uphill prologue that finishes at the top of Sunset Drive, Redlands.

Notably, the team will be joined by team Captain Jenn Reither, competing in her 12th Redlands, while Bridie O’Donnell arrived today at Los Angeles International after flying in from Australia. Bridie is a multi time Oceania Champion and the 2009 Australian Road Cycling Time Trial Champion. Redlands Classic will be her first race with Vanderkitten Focus, and she is keen to test her legs after scoring 3rd in the Oceania ChampionshipsTT in New Zealand this past week.

Bridie O'Donnell flew Sydney Australia to Los Angeles, USA, dropped in at Starbucks, collected her kit from JLVelo in Santa Ana and then test rode her 2012 FOCUS Izalco Pro 1.0 on the Redlands Prologue Course. Bridie. Is. Invincible.

Just CANT WAIT to get it started in here. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date pics, info and results!