Christine Vardaros is a World-Class cyclocross racer (arguably the toughest of all the cycling disciplines).
She has competed for the US National team on numerous occasions and won many races. Some of her achievements include:
- 2003 US National Team Member for Cyclocross World Championship finishing 29th
- 2002 Finished 9th place at the Heerlen World cup
- 2002 Finished 8th Place at the Wetzikon World Cup
- 2004 Finished first place at the Santa Cruz Classic Criterium (not long after recovering from a broken leg)
- April 2014 she entered the Paris to Ancaster race, winning her age category and finishing third overall.
She’s been a vegetarian for 24 years and became vegan in 2000. She’s an advocate for a drug-free lifestyle, and clean vegan living. She found that her earlier vegetarian diet gave her an edge over her competitors with a faster recovery time. So, she thought why not go the full way and become a vegan. Almost immediately she felt all her symptoms go away, she was able to breath better, and take part in hard races and recover quicker. She noticed that she was sick less which gave her more training days than her meat eating competitors.
She also believes that she has as much energy now as she had in her teens. Her coach is also vegan with around 70 clients who he talks most of them into going vegan for better performances.