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Vardaros and Ingels to new team: Zannata-Champion System
By Bart Hazen
Date: 9/23/2009
Vardaros and Ingels to new team: Zannata-Champion System

Vardaros and Ingels to new team: Zannata-Champion System

In line with a rapidly growing women's cyclocross scene, a new team has emerged - Team Zannata-Champion System. Although a small one with only two riders, their faces are very familiar at top competition cross events including the World Championships. They are Belgian Veerle Ingels and American Christine Vardaros. Ingels, a former Belgian National Champion, is a regular face in the top ten results at World Cups with multiple podium placings and wins at other UCI International events. Vardaros has posted many top tens, podium placings and wins in UCI International events in America and Belgium, and has represented the United States three times at the cyclocross World Championships. Supporting the team are three main sponsors - Zannata Bikes, Champion System Clothing, and Garage Van Ermen. "We are thrilled to have secured two of the top watched women cyclocross riders, Veerle and Chrstine, to represent Team Zannata-Champion System. Supporting women's cyclocross is a natural next step in the company's growth," Johan Moeyersons, Zannata President comments.

The Zanatta Champion CX

Coming from outside the industry, David Van Ermen has a unique view of the team. "After years of watching women's cyclocross, I made the decision to go from spectator to supporter. It will be exciting to see my company name doing loops on the legendary courses such as Koppenbergcross." Adds David Van Ermen of Garage van Ermen.

The gals will be riding the 2010 Zannata Z45 Cross Full Carbon model (same as Team Revor-Jartazi) designed by legendary Roland Liboton, five-time World Champion. To finish off the bike's white and gold color-scheme are the KMC Gold SL chains and the white TRP EuroX Mag Brakes. "With top material to work with, I expect it will be a breeze to wrench for the team. Now if I can only figure out a way for the bikes to clean themselves," quips seasoned team mechanic Jonas Bruffaerts. Complementing their new bikes are the Champion System race clothing that utilizes the bikes' rainbow colors in their offbeat checkered pattern.

The bike is designed and created by legendary Roland Liboton

Vardaros, who recently moved to Belgium, explains, "As a recent transplant to Belgium, I am totally honored to be racing on a Belgian team as it's a nice way to gain support from the thick swarms of Belgian fans who regularly line the course. It is also much appreciated that the team allows me to bring my personal sponsors like Specialized, Challenge, ProBar, Echappe, Mt Tam Bikes, Doc Martin's and Speedplay." Regarding her new teammate, Vardaros adds, "I've respected Veerle's talent for years, so it's an added thrill to have the opportunity to be racing with her."

Clearly sharing in Vardaros' excitement, Ingels remarks, "I am super happy to ride with this team. And together with Christine I want to make it a very nice season. My season goals are GVA Trofee and a good result in the Belgian Championships."

Zanatta Champion CX

Looking ahead, Moeyersons plans to use the same approach to building the team as he applied to building the Zannata line over the last eight years; start small and with the highest quality, taking one step at a time. Moeyersons says, "It's the first year we have a team so two riders is a nice manageable size. After this season, we'll re-evaluate and then make our decisions on its' growth."

For more information, visit, www.garage-van-ermen,,,

The full team calendar includes a full World Cup schedule, GVA Series, and other top European UCI events.

Christine Vardaros in the new team kit
Photo © 2009 Francois Buyssens

26 Sep: Stabroek - BEL
4 Oct: Treviso World Cup - ITA
10 Oct: GVA Trofee CX Int'l Namur - BEL
20 Oct: Nacht Van Woerden - NED
25 Oct: GVA Trofee Koppenbergcross - BEL
1 Nov: European Championships - Hoogstraten - BEL
8 Nov: Nommay World Cup - FRA
15 Nov: Superprestige Cyclocross Gavere - BEL
21 Nov: Int Döhlauer Crossrennen - Döhlau bei Hof - GER
22 Nov: Karl-Wagner-Preis Int - Strullendorf - GER
28 Nov: Koksijde World Cup - BEL
6 Dec: Frankfurter Rad-Cross - Frankfurt a/Main - GER
13 Dec: US National Championships - Bend, OR - USA

Veerle Ingels
Photo © 2009 Veerle Ingels

18 Dec: Scheldecross - Antwerpen - BEL
20 Dec: Kalmthout World Cup - BEL
22 Dec: GP Montferland - Zeddam - NED
26 Dec: Heusden-Zolder World Cup - BEL
29 Dec: GVA Trofee Azencross - Loenhout - BEL
1 Jan: GP Hotel Threeland - Pètange - LUX
3 Jan: Vlaamse Witloof Veldrit - Tervuren - BEL
10 Jan: Belgian National Championships - Malle - BEL
13 Jan: Int. Centrumcross van Surhuisterveen - NED
16 Jan: Int CX Huijbergen - NED
17 Jan: Roubaix World Cup - FRA
24 Jan: Hoogerheide World Cup - NED
31 Jan: World Championships - Tabor - CZE
6 Feb: GVA Trofee Krawaten Cross - Lille - BEL
20 Feb: Lebekke - BEL
21 Feb: GVA Trofee Int'l Sluitingprijs Oostmalle - BEL

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