Vanderkitten Ruth Winder Heads to Europe with US National Team

Ruth Winder of the Vanderkitten-Focus women's cycling team heads off to Europe for a block of racing with US National Team. Winder is a transplant from the UK. She began racing in 2007 as a junior at the age of 14.

Her sleeve bears the Stars and Stripes she earned on the track in 2010 racing team pursuit with PB&Co 2012. Her best results to date are on the boards with a second in the team pursuit and omnium at 2011 USA track nationals. She has a pair of first place finishes in local northern California road races as well. Her first foray into the North American pro circuit this season was at the San Dimas Stage Race in March.

Winder will start the following races as part of the national team.

4/15 Buizingen UCI 1.2
4/18 Fleche Wallone UCI CDM
4/21 Omloop Boresele UCI 1.2
4/22 GP Stad Roeselare UCI 1.1
4/27-29 Festival Luxembourg UCI 2.1

Winder returns to North American competition in May when Vanderkitten-Focus hopes to gain entry to the UCI 2.1 Exergy Women's Tour in Idaho.

Winder will be the 4th Vanderkitten-Focus member to represent her country this year. Kiwi's Kate Chilcott and Emily Collins represented New Zealand at UCI 2.2 New Zealand Women's Tour earlier this year. Aussie Bridie O'Donnel earned a Bronze medal at Oceania Games.

Check out Winder's palmarès over at USA Cycling.

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