Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Let The Season Begin

We're ready

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Speaking of Rock Lobster

Barbarella's CX machine is currently being featured in Cyclingnews

Check out the write up to get the skinny on how Barb runs it.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


As of yet un-built custom Rock Lobster up for auction!

The Velo Bella – Kona’s own, Christine “Peanut” Vardaros, has been selected to join Barbarella and their US National Cyclocross teammates at the romp across the pond in Zeddam,Netherlands on January 29, 2006.

Who knew an email from Europe could have Velo Bellas across the world dancing the “Tiki?”An opportunity to train on the roads she will be racing this spring during the Spring Classics and World Cups isn’t bad either! Peanut is the latest American rider living the dream and heading to race professionally in Europe! While currently racing for the Velo Bellas through the end of Cyclocross season, she’ll be Bustin’ the Bella Beat in Belgium for Lotto-Belisol later this spring!

After a solid 2005 season, but less than fulfilling US Nationals campaign in Providence, RI, Christine returned home to sell all but her last possessions for a ticket to Europe where she could groove with the world’s grooviest and showcase the talent her Velo Bella friends and fans have seen all year. Groove she has, with a podium appearance at the Surhuisterveen UCI in Friesland, Netherlands January 4 and a fourth place showing New Years Day at the G.P. Hotel Threeland UCI in Pétange, Luxembourg.

All that dancing can make a girl tired, but when the US National Team sends a calling card what else can she do but say, “YES!”. A few celebratory vegan waffles, and organic Belgian beers, later with host and friend, Jan Goeman, and Christine remembered she has to pay to play for US at the World Championships! “Uh, check made of recycled paper please…?”

Not to fear, another “Tiki” around the bike later, and a fantasmic California Bella stepped forward donating a custom as of yet un-built custom RockLobster with all proceeds going to support Christine’s World Championship campaign!

Anyone in the world can participate; road, cross, mountain, geared or singlespeed, whatever you want built to your specifications by Paul Sadoff, one ofthe great American custom bike builders; and you’ll be doing a good deed by helping a young talent compete in the biggest race of her life.

More details can be found at our benefit eBay auction.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Barbarella Shags Podium in Belgium

Fresh off the plane, Barb rode to a supa-fine 3rd place finish at the (pronounce this out loud with me folks) Scheldecross UCI cyclocross race, in Antwerpen, Belgium.

First hand story of the action in Barb's diary
Photos of the fun
Cyclingnews Results

Monday, January 09, 2006

Kiersten is Texas State CX Champion

Congratulations go to Kiersten Inserni for winning the Texas State Cyclocross Championships in the Girls 10-14!! Kiersten's dad says:

I hope you guys all notice that in addition to the pink hairband that Laura sent her I got her some color-coordinated gloves and pimped-out (or flaired in Velo Bella-speak) her bike with some pink handlebar tape ;-)
More later...

We'll post the more as soon as we get it.

2 Bellas at Worlds!!

We've just learned that Christine Vardaros has been invited to particpate on the US Worlds CX team!!

Christine is already in Europe racing the World Cup and other European cyclocross races. Check our Christine's report of the action here.

So, once again, our little team is honored to have two of its racers on the select 5 person US Team. Congratulations and best of luck to both Christine and Barb and stay tuned here for the latest flamingo reports from them.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Velo Bella-Kona!

Velo Bella is now Velo Bella-Kona!!

We are excited to announce a new 2 year partnership with the Kona Bicycle Company. Kona will be assisting our racing efforts at all levels. With their assistance we will be expanding our NRC Elite program, beginning a NORBA Pro/Expert team, growing our regional and amateur programs, holding clinics, causing mischief, and having a lot of fun.

Look for the new Velo Bella-Kona jersey soon. We'll also be announcing our NRC and NORBA team rosters.

And wait until you see our new custom painted Velo Bella-Kona bikes. Drool.