Here's the link from dailypeloton.com
(on another note, my concussion is still healing steadily. Tomorrow I will venture over to the Hofstade World Cup course to get a preview. I was supposed to be racing at Scheldecross near Antwerpen but since it will be trying enough just to step out into the sunlight, I figured i'd wait at least another day before considering to race. THANKS SO MUCH for all your emails and comments of well wishes. It really means a lot!!!)
Vardaros Misses US National Cyclo-Cross Championships
Christine "Peanut" Vardaros, pro cyclist for Vanderkitten - a company who makes clothing for women who kick ass, was unable to make the trip back from Belgium due to a severe concussion. She sustained the concussion many weeks ago in the same manner most cyclists injure themselves - in the privacy of their own home! She hit her head on a low wooden beam in the attic, knocking herself out cold.
Just as she was starting to recover, Vardaros re-injured her head again at the Asper-Gavere Superprestige race 18 November. She rode directly into a tree, headfirst, on the race's infamous muddy chute.
"Peanut" in action. Photo c. Krist Vanmelle
Unable to manage the pain any longer, Vardaros was driven directly by European Vanderkitten Manager Jonas Bruffaerts to hospital following last weekend's Frankfurter Rad-Cross event where she was forced to abandon.
According to her Neurologist, she must stay off the bike until all symptoms are gone. Through it all, Vardaros remains optimistic, explaining "It's been rough sitting in a dark, silent room the past days. And i can't even do sit-ups to pass time! But if this is what it takes to race again soon, then I'm somewhat happy to do it!"
Luckily "Peanut" is under no pressure from Vanderkitten to get back on the saddle too quickly. When Vardaros notified Dave Verrecchia of Vanderkitten of her inability to attend US Nationals, he emailed her a note stating, "There is no pressure from us to get you back on the bike! Please take your time and heal yourself. Whenever you feel better and can safely compete again we will be looking forward to it!"
Assuming recovery goes well, she can be expected to resume racing as early as 21 December at Scheldecross in Belgium. Vardaros, top cyclo-cross racer and part of US National Team for World Championships the past two years, has been based in Belgium for the full cyclo-cross season, contesting the World Cup Circuit and other UCI events. She is expected to race straight through to the last event of the season at Sluitingprijs (Cat. 1) in Belgium. For updates on Vardaros' health, visit her site at: http://christinevardaros.blogspot.com