Australian climber Miranda Griffiths signs with California based team Vanderkitten.
After winning two stages and the Overall General Classification of last weekend’s Tour of Bright, Holden Cycling rider Miranda Griffiths will be headed for her 2nd US stint, this time as a full time member of Vanderkitten.
Miranda caught the eye of Vanderkitten Director Jono Coulter in 2012 whilst racing Cascade Classic with Optum Pro Cycling. “We are happy to give Miranda a chance to show her abilities in North American UCI & NRC races, as well as Vuelta El Salvador where we will be returning in 2014. She is a well liked rider, everyone I have spoken to- from (former Optum Director) Rachel Heal to Miranda’s coach David Betts- gives her a glowing report and we feel she will integrate into our team nicely”.
Miranda’s early season goals include Australian Road Cycling Championships in Buninyong, where she finished a gutsy 4th in 2013, before heading abroad to kick start the US season. “I am thrilled to be racing for Vanderkitten in 2014. The Vanderkitten name is an internationally renowned brand in women’s cycling and I’m proud to represent that brand and everything it stands for. I can’t wait to get out on the road with my new team mates and start working towards a stellar season in 2014.”
Vanderkitten, based out of Berkeley California and sponsored by the Women’s Apparel company of the same name, will enter its 8th consecutive year of competition in 2014. The team has a history of hiring Australian & New Zealand athletes, with two Kiwi athletes to be announced for next year. Vanderkitten will commence it’s 2014 season at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Australia.