July 9, 2013
Vanderkitten rider Elle Anderson clinched the Tour de Delta Overall Title on July 7th in Tsawwassen, BC Columbia.
Anderson won after placing 3rd in the Delta and Brenco Crits, and 2nd in the final Road Race with Optum-Kelly Benefits riders Denise Ramsden and Leah Kirchmann in 2nd and 3rd.
Anderson, who works full time for Strava in San Francisco, has had a breakout summer with Vanderkitten after winning Nevada City Classic a few weeks ago. On Sunday she credited her overall victory to her teammates
“I’m extremely happy and I just want to send a big thank you to my team because they were so awesome over the last three days,” a beaming Anderson said. “Especially today they did amazing work and I thank them all so much.”
Knowing that just being on the podium would sew up the overall Tour de Delta title, Anderson’s focus was specific over the last few kilometres of the race.
“I was paying really close attention to where everyone was, making sure where the other top overall riders were and looking for my teammates and just trying to be aware of that second-to-fifth field because that was the best place to be for those twisty turns right before the finish,” Anderson reflected. “I made it through there okay with good positioning and that really helped.”
Vanderkitten team at Tour de Delta consisted of Elle Anderson (USA), Kate Chilcott (NZL, 7th Overall), Liza Rachetto (USA), Sophie Williamson (NZL) and Rhae Shaw (CAN).
Over the weekend, Vanderkitten Ruth Winder played a strong role in helping USA Cycling National Team member Mara Abbott win the Giro Rosa in Italy. In Chicago, Jeannie Kuhajek notched up win at the Homewood Criterium.
Next on the docket for the team is the September 28 Canary Challenge to raise money for Early Detection of Cancer at Stanford Cancer Center.
Look for Vanderkitten to continue their hot summer with remaining races Burnaby GP, UBC Grand Prix and Gastown GP before heading to Oregon for Cascade Classic.
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