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KASK to Protect Vanderkitten-Focus in 2012

KASK Helmets is set to make a colorful impact on the the 2012 NRC Season with Vanderkitten-Focus Women’s Cycling. KASK America is the North American branch of Kask S.r.l., an Italian company that specializes in developing, designing, and manufacturing of safety helmets of the highest quality. In every field of application KASK helmets are at the forefront, be it cycling, downhill skiing, ski touring, mountaineering, climbing, rescue or work safety. Safety Equipment market -leader KASK, will add to its sponsorship of UCI Pro Team SKY Pro Cycling and UCI Continental Team Exergy by partnering with the Berkeley, California based Vanderkitten-Focus.

Vanderkitten-Focus athletes, including New Zealand U23 Champion Emily Collins, rising US talent Maura Kinsella and pixie sprinter Starla Teddergreen will exclusively wear KASK helmets, including the “Vertigo”, “K-10 Dieci” and new for 2012 “Mojito” in KASK’s attractive colors with limited edition schemes designed by Vanderkitten. In Time Trials the riders will benefit from the K-31 Chrono.

“Kask America was looking for an established high visibility forward thinking women’s cycling team to add to our sponsorship program. When the opportunity to work with Jono Coulter, Dave Verrecchia and Team Vanderkitten-Focus was presented to us we felt that this team fit exactly what we were looking for.” says Kask America Sales Manager, Marc Katz “we are excited to be able to offer Vanderkitten-Focus our full range of customized helmets protecting the team with safety and style.”

“Vanderkitten Athletics is delighted to be working in conjunction with KASK America. Not only does KASK represent the finest Italian quality and craftsmanship, but the helmets are sleek, functional and conform to the highest safety standards” says Vanderkitten-Focus director, Jono Coulter “Plus Vanderkitten creator Dave Verrecchia jumped at the chance to add Ophelia Vanderkitten to the brilliant colour schemes featured in the KASK range”.

KASK helmets with Limited Edition Vanderkitten designs will be available exclusively on the KASK and Vanderkitten websites early in 2012.

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.