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Thomas takes 4th place on his Process 111 DL – Last Weekends UK Gravity Enduro Series round 1 at Ae forest was awesome! Even the sun came out, which is rare here in bonnie Scotland. The course itself was a mix of natural hand cut trails and national level downhill runs. Seeding was on Saturday and was run on stage 5, a national DH track back in the day. I managed to seed in 10th with a steady run, 13.79 off the lead. I had some work to do to make up time on Sunday. Read More
I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in a lot of different camps and clinics over the years, most of which have been targeted toward young riders in Kamloops. I feel like it’s a very special opportunity to share some of my time with kids who want nothing more than to to have a killer time on the trails. Over the Easter long weekend I teamed up with the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops, the KPCC and Sun Peaks Resort to host a Kamloops Bike Ranch Camp for the fifth year in a row. We had a lot of the usual gang show up to shred the trails with us and much of the typical bike camp antics were to follow, but this year I felt a new buzz surrounding the ranch camp. Read More
From Pinkbike: During the long “off season” two old friends, Gaspi and Michal, decided to pack up and go looking for adventure in Morocco. From their trip they’ll be releasing a short documentary, but until then here is the teaser to tide you over. By the way Gaspi ended up with five broken bones. Wish him a fast recovery. The documentary movie “Czech blood in Morocco” will be dropping in the coming weeks. Read more
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Alex Ryan reports: After a long winter (even for us Southerners) the storm finally broke the week before the Knobscorcher, or round three of the South Eastern Regional Championship series. The Tsali trail system in Western NC is a great location for an event and one of the longest running races in the South East. A very strong crowd rolled up to the line but some problems with a gate delayed the start of the race. Once things got underway, MOB MTB rider Tristan joined another rider early in the race to try and cause a separation. Alex was sitting in a large group behind Tristan. As Alex descended an early singe-track decent, Alex suffered a crash resulting in chasing the lead group the remainder of the race. Tristan quickly reeled in the rider off the front of the race and sat back biding his time for the final push to the finish. Unfortunately, Tsali is a very difficult course to pass on with single tracks and tight corners. The final “sprint to the line” went down on one of the climbs six miles from the end. With the lead group strung out just enough, Tristan struggled to hold his position and finished off the day in fourth and Alex finished 10th for the day. A great effort for the MOB Team and the Kona King Kahuna which ripped up the corners and flew up the climbs during the race.
Alex Ryan reports: This past weekend was the Annual Boone Roubaix located in beautiful Boone, North Carolina. Some of the greatest roads in the country reside in the blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. The 50 mile road/gravel mix made for an interesting race dynamic with flatting a constant threat the entire race. The race started promptly at 10am leaving from the local Boone fair grounds. The route immediately sent the peloton down a loss gravel road along a winding river. After 10 miles or so, the group of riders splintered as we hit the first climb. With multiple loose rocky gravel road climbs that seemed to never end, I had made a attack with 4 other riders following. After several more gravel road sections the group dwindled to 3 riders. The last and final gravel section sent us back to the fair grounds where we then completed a lap of the local derby dirt track. At this point myself and another rider remained on the final sprint to the line. I was able to accelerate and take the win for the day. The Kona Zone 2 rocked the gravel & made the ride mega sweet!
Matt Gibson was selected to ride in a six man Great Britain team at the first Junior Nations Cup event of the season, the famous Paris-Roubaix, held over a course that included many of the same cobbled ‘sections’ as the professional race on the same day. Matt had a solid race onboard his Kona Zing Deluxe at the front of the race, and finished second placed GB rider.
Cyclocross Magazine reports: Kona is no stranger to titanium, having made titanium hardtail mountain bikes starting in the ’90s, so with the ti market for ’cross and gravel—think bombproof bikes that can withstand almost anything—growing, the company decided it was time to get utilize the super metal to create a new gravel bike in the form of the titanium Rove. Read more
Rider List: Brandon Semenuk, Graham Agassiz, Yannick Granieri, Thomas Genon, Steve Smith, Cam Zink, Brendan Fairclough, Ryan “R-Dog” Howard, Cam McCaul, Logan Peat, Matty Miles, James Doerfling, and Nico Vink. Read More