BCBR Day 5 – The Battle Heats Up, Paxson’s Comeback Continues

BCBRMoon dust on the North Shore! Rare conditions for this part of the world, known much better for its misty, mossy woods and glistening roots and rocks. While the inferno-like weather has desiccated the soil, it hasn’t baked away the quality of the riding on the legendary North Shore. Nor has it cooled down the pace at the front of the Open Men’s division at the BC Bike Race, where the Kona Endurance Team continues to hammer it out at the front of the pack. Read More

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Lenzerheide World Cup DH track practice with the Kona Gravity Team


Connor Fearon feeling right home on the dry dusty trails, but not so much at 2000m above sea level. Photo Joonas Vinnari

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the DH World Cup, the Kona Gravity Team has arrived in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) for round four of 2015’s seven round series. The track here at Lenzerheide is brand spanking new, having been built in time for this round of the World Cup (although it will be hosting more in future, as well as a World Champs). Read More

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BCBR Day Four – Sneddon Hangs it All Out on Canada Day, Paxson Snatches Another Stage Win

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It was a long, muscly day for Stage 4 of the BC Bike Race. Today saw a quintet of the top GC contenders stick together almost all day, with relatively little separation until the final climb. Kris defended the yellow jersey successfully, posting a wildly fast time on the final 6km descent on the legendary 102 trail and taking second place on the day behind Spencer. Once again, the day took place in Kris’s back yard, and he was the man to follow on the singletrack. Spencer, a bit softened from his mega Hail Mary effort in Stage 3, played it a bit more conservatively until the final ascent, where he dug for a few more seconds to erase his unfortunate deficit. All he got today was a few seconds, but that’s the right direction, with three hard days to go.

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Going into Stage 5 in North Vancouver, the Kona boys are all sitting strong in the top-5.


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Loic Bruni Announces ‘Team France’ for Crankworx Challenge and Selects Antoine Bizet

Antoine Bizet Swatch Prime Line Munich 2014, Photo: Christoph Laue

Antoine Bizet at the Swatch Prime Line, Munich 2014, Photo: Christoph Laue

The first team captain for the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes France vs. The World has selected his team.

After being named the French team captain by the Crankworx World Tour, top downhill mountain biker Loic Bruni is set to take on the world with nine of his fellow countrymen and women. Read More

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Kona Endurance Team Rider Cory Wallace Reports in from the 2015 Marathon World Champs

Cory Wallace 2014 UCI XCM Worlds - 1The 2014 World Marathon MTB Championships in South Africa started slowly with me hovering around the top 50 before I put in a top 10 time in the 2nd half of the race to finish 20th. This year @ Worlds the goal was to improve my start and the overall result against a stiffer field. This would be a big challenge on an epic course through the towering Dolomites of Northern Italy. Read More

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Santiam Bicycle hold their own at Northwest Cup Round 3

QQ0A4865This last weekend at Ski Bowl in Mt Hood, Oregon was the third stop for the Northwest Cup. The Santiam Bicycle DH Team came out Friday evening for a weekend of camping and downhill racing. Conditions were great with sunshine and blue skies all weekend the race track at Ski Bowl proof once again to one of the hardest tracks in the Northwest with very dry and loose dirt and a combination of high speed and really technical rock gardens. Read More

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Connor Fearon makes movie magic with an iPhone in Pila, Italy

We dropped a little Instagram clip the other day from Connor’s downtime between World Cups. Well unbeknownst to us, he was working on the full iPhone edit! Well it just hit Vimeo and it is most definitely is a minute well spent.

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BCBR Day Three – Sneddon Shreds into Yellow, Paxson Surges Back into Contention


A real race is on hand at the front end of the Open Men’s category of the BC Bike Race. Tuesday’s 60km Stage 3 delivered yet another day of excitement. The yellow jersey exchanged shoulders for the third time in three days, and Spencer churned out a memorable comeback performance by not only winning the stage, but reclaiming nearly all of the 7.5 minutes he lost in his Stage 2 mishap! Read More

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BCBR Day Two – The Drama Sets In, Paxson Prances Off Course, Wicks and Sneddon into 2nd and 3rd


Wicks leading it in to a top-3 finish on the stage.

A bike race isn’t much to read about without any drama and unexpected excitement. Today delivered just that for Stage 2 of BC Bike Race in Powell River, BC. Read More

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BCBR Day One, Paxson Prances into Yellow – Wicks in 2nd, Sneddon 4th

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Kona Endurance team has 3 riders in the top 5. L-R: Barry Wicks, Spencer Paxson, Tristan Uhl

Sunny skies and the driest trail conditions in Cumberland’s history greeted the riders for Stage 1 of the 2015 BC Bike Race. A rolling 8-mile, 1,600′ climb quickly sorted out the 600-rider peloton, and the Kona boys planted themselves at the front of the race from the gun. Spencer blazed into the lead 20-minutes in, taking a Rocky Mountain rider in tow as Barry and Kris notched in with a small chase group. After 30 miles and 3,600′ of scorching-hot climbs, Spencer rode to a commanding stage victory and into the leader’s jersey with nearly a 2-min buffer. Barry claimed 2nd on the day with an exciting sprint finish, and defending champion Kris stomped in for 4th. Read More

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German kids choose Kona Shred Bikes for School (German)

5Thanks to former Kona European professional rider Harry Lipp, German school kids are now getting the chance to learn all about bicycle maintenance and care as well as learing valuable bike handling skills. The classes are in addition to the students normal schooling and the Rad-AG class has purchased a full fleet of Kona Shred bikes for the kids. Read More

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BCBR Day Zero, Seven Days for Seven Years


Kona Endurance Team in the house, the most successful team in the BCBR’s history.

A seven-day mountain bike stage race is a special way to amass a bundle of good living and lasting memories. Seven years of racing in seven-day mountain bike stage racing is enough to build a veritable mountain of memories…and so much more. That much is evident with veteran Kona Endurance Team riders Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks as they recount stories (some fond, some foul) of their years of adventuring at the BC Bike Race. This Sunday morning in Cumberland, BC, Barry and Kris will each start the race for the seventh time. Read More

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