Jason Britton from Sellwood Cycle reports: I wanted to pass along this pic of me and my Unit on my recent trip to SE Oregon. The bike handled amazingly and took everything I could throw at it. I will be racing this bike across Oregon at the end of May and then riding it around Idaho in July. You know I love Kona, but I can’t get enough. This is part of the story as we build our adventure touring business that we’ll be launching next month. Stay tuned for some radness coming your way!
Milan, April, 15th 2014 – As spring approaches, preparations for the Red Bull Wide Open are heating up. This summer, the search for the ultimate mountain bike athlete will take place at Bike Park Mottolino in Livigno (ITA). On July 13th downhill, 4X and freeride icons will go head-to-head down a huge supercross inspired track packed with technical features and high-speed obstacles. The rider line-up is one of a kind – for the first time ever so many heavy hitters will be united side-by-side in a single 6-man format race.
Since the announcement of Red Bull Wide Open, athletes have been flooding in to reserve a spot on the starting list. “Red Bull Wide Open is a mix of my 2 favorite sports, mountain biking and supercross, so deciding to attend the event was very easy,” said Martin Soderstrom. “The chance to race against some of my heroes from other disciplines is a once in a life time opportunity that I do not want to miss! It will be a challenge to ride such a unique course but I guess everyone will let loose and just send it!”
While Martin Soderstrom is one of the biggest names on the freeride scene, other competitors like Brian Lopes, Greg Minnaar and Andreu Lacondeguy will be attending to defend their corner of the gravity world. Which discipline will prove to have the necessary skills to conquer the Red Bull Wide Open track? Come to Livigno on July 13th and find out! Read More
Wij van South Side mountainbiking & clothing willen graag het 2014 Kona Downhill team aan u voorstellen. South Side Mountainbiking & Clothing heeft in samenwerking met Kona een nieuw Nederlands Downhill team samengesteld met de beste Nederlandse Downhill racers en een Belgisch opkomend talent. In 2014 zullen zij racen in de IXS / UCI Europese Downhill Cup, IXS German Downhill Cup, DH1 en nog veel meer internationale wedstrijden. We zijn trots om te kunnen aankondigen dat Kona, One Industries Hope, FiveTen en 100% onze sponsoren zijn voor het 2014 seizoen. Ons Team is te volgen via Facebook: South Side Kona DH Team
The 2014 South Side Kona team riders zijn:
Mark van Lankveld, Tom Bersselaar, Floris Snoeren, Stephan Passeri, Erwin de Visser, Ward De Prins.
Wij van South Side mountainbiking en onze Teamrijders willen hierbij alle sponsoren bedanken voor deze geweldige sponsoring. We wensen onze rijders heel veel succes met hun uitdaging voor 2014.
The first Annual DH winter bike race at Alyeska Resort. Read the full story here
The Real Insurance XCM Series is not letting up, with Round 3 right on the back of Round 2 last weekend. Many of Australia’s Elite MTB races headed to Cammeray Waters, where the Wombat 100 is based. The race takes its name from Wombat State Forest, which is about 700 square kilometres size, about an hour north of Melbourne. The place is riddled with trails and dirt roads, including the Wombat track as build by the local club.
The week preceding the race was wet, and on Friday, sideways rain doused the area with much needed precipitation. Great for the forests, farmlands and peoples water tanks – but not so good for a National Marathon race! Thankfully, Maximum Adventure were able to amend the course a little, and the sun and wind on Saturday helped dry out the terrain. More at MarathonMTB.com
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues wake up call to the world: reduce energy use, walk and cycle more.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a practical guide for what the world can do to reduce the impacts of climate change. Among the densely scientific recommendations are calls for Governments to reduce reliance on individualised motor transport and, instead, prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. Not only would such measures be good for the planet they would also make sound economic sense, said the panel of the world’s leading environmental scientists. Read more
Team mechanic/wrangler Matt Dupelle reports: A quick Weekend update of the race here in Africa: Unfortunately Andrew had a crash on his first day of practice that ended with him breaking his knee and having to be rushed back to Australia to get surgery. We are waiting to hear from him to tell us the final verdict from his doctors. Connor had a great race for this track, he ended up in 25th place overall and got some tv time as well. This track has some good sections and good jumps but also has a 1km flat pedal that doesn’t work to Connor’s advantage, but it’s a great start for Connor not being far from the top 20 and having all the good tracks to come for the rest of the season (in a way this was getting rid of the one bad one).
Now we are off to Cairns Australia for the next WC #2
Yesterday, 13th April 2014 saw the return of the much anticipated Irish Gravity Enduro league. Round 1 was held in Ballinastoe woods in Co Wicklow on the east coast of the Irish republic. MBW-KONA Racing had 6 riders in the 350 strong field. Read More
Paul Burgess reports from the shop: This past Saturday (April 5th) marked the official Grand opening of the Spruce Grove location of Mud, Sweat and Gears. Kona sales manager Dik Cox was on hand with owner Paul Burgess and Store manager Sean Watson to kick the day off. Kona is the flagship brand of the store and things were off to a brisk start with the melting of snow in the Edmonton suburb. The store, at just under 4000 sq.ft. is second location for the Kona dealer, with their origional store in Sherwood Park, a few kms East of Edmonton. See more photos on the Mud, Sweat & Gears Facebook page or checkout their website
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Be sure to watch the race live this Saturday at 3:15 PST on redbull.com/bike and pinkbike to root for the Kona boys.