From her blog: In the past few couple of weeks I went from racing 100 miles at Shenandoah to racing 25 miles at my first MTB Collegiate race of the year and now 70 miles at Monster Cross. They all had great endings and were equally hard.
Shenandoah started off with a bang! Literally my alarm was a gong going off at 5 A.M. It was a muggy weekend and Scott and I slept in the van. We ended up keeping the door open on the van and battled the bugs because the heat was unbearable. Fortunately it seemed to have cooled up. I battled for my spot in the port-o-let line, drank a bunch of coffee, got dressed, got on the bike, and lined up for the race all before sunrise.
I got a good starting position and battled my way through the start on the road section. I knew from last year that getting into the single track in a good position was necessary. The bad thing about having the road as the start is that “roadies” get in front of you because yes they are stronger, but not necessary stronger at getting over rocks as fast you. There was a little bit of this battle, but for the most part I gave the person in front of me enough room to dab and get out of my way if need be.Read more
From IMB: For years Kona have been making great bikes, as one of the original bike brands they have still managed to keep their core roots at the heart of their business. Last year they dropped a new range that turned more than just heads. For 2015 that range has been tweaked and developed and we were invited to try the bikes for ourselves at the fantastic Surfaus Fiss Ladis resort in the Austrian Tyrol…
Chris Mandell is the Gravity Product Manager at Kona and he took us through the new range and explained a little bit about what went into each bike before we got to take them out on the trails. Chris resides in Bellingham Washington; he’s lived pretty much everywhere on the West Coast of North America and rates Bellingham as one of the best places to ride. Read more
Dominant performances in North American stage and marathon XC racing, a Junior Women’s World Championship DH title, and a World Cup top ten in Elite men’s DH highlight the Kona Team’s summer off-road racing exploits.
Rae reports: Recovering from back to back races at Mammoth Lakes GRT in California followed by Snowshoe Mountain finals in West Virginia, I contentedly reflect on my best season to date. Mammoth was an adventure and a challenge with high altitude, trail substrate like bottomless kitty litter, and wickedly technical rock gardens. Heading out with dreams of winning the tight race for series championship in my head, in the end I was certainly satisfied with a 3rd spot on the podium and second over all. The multifaceted Kamikaze event including the Legends Race, slalom and DJ competitions made for a great venue and fun weekend, and traveling through Vegas only added to the experience. Going from that to the best weather imaginable at Snowshoe Mountain made for quite a relaxing weekend in comparison, and I was delighted to take another series overall there.
The highs of my first Pro GRT series experience overshadowed any minor disappointments: my first national race win and the experience of vastly different terrain and new people of Port Angeles and Mammoth Lakes. The Mont Ste Anne and Windham World cups gave me the opportunity to ride at a new level as a peer among international riders. Snowshoe mountain helped to keep me sharp in between, as did some enduro endeavors. I’m increasingly thankful for the support from Kona Bikes as a key to my success, as well as that from KENDA tires, Riding Forward youth development program, HWB Cycling, and both new and familiar racing comrades.
Who am I kidding really though? All I can think about is how I’m going to be faster and luckier next year.
From VeloNews: A large elite women’s fields took to the course for fast racing on both days in Gloucester.
Saturday’s race featured cat-and-mouse racing as the field stayed largely together for much of the day. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Kaitie Antonneau (Twenty16) attacked on the final lap, staying away to the line. Wyman out-sprinted her breakaway partner, and Gabby Durrin (Team Neon Velo) finished third. Read more
1. October 2-6 Outerbike with Willy Warren in Moab Utah, MORE INFO HERE
2. October 8-9 Santa Barbara Demo at Upper Oso Campground w/Kelly Steelman, MORE INFO HERE
3. October 11, Centre City Demo at Lake Hodges 9-5, MORE INFO HERE
4. October 12, The Path Bike Shop Demo Live Oak Location, 9-4, MORE INFO HERE
Kona Quebec rep Marc Prinzivalli reports: Since September 22nd up to today, Norte Dame de Mont Carmel, a tiny village a few miles north of Trois Rivières, QC is home of the first Kona Quebec Show Room 2015. This big house is the perfect set up to invite all Quebec dealers to come see the line up, take some bikes for a ride, share lots of laugh and a few beers! Read More
From Pinkbike: We managed to get a quick eight questions in with Graham Agassiz, an obvious crowd favourite, who crashed in round one of qualies last night. He has been waiting for the last day and half to find out if it has cost him a spot in the finals or if Mother Nature will give him another chance to prove himself. Not only did he qualify for finals today but he smashed his run and blew everyone out of the water with a first place finish! As you can see below though, last night while Aggy was unsure if he would be competing on Monday or going home, we found out clearly that he isn’t just about what he does on a bike, he’s also a class act off of it. Read more
Charm City CX report from Cyclocross Magazine: Last year, Charm City’s signature feature was a unique set of barriers: a large frame that surrounded a tree, forcing riders to dismount and run a 180 before leaping over the second plank. Baltimore’s Druid Park requested that this feature, along with many other areas in the heavy growth part of the park, be taken out for this year. The goal was to protect some of Baltimore’s oldest trees.
The result was a venue that was easier to spectate and a course that was a better all-around course. Many of the long stretches were removed for tight turns, off-cambers and well-crafted chicanes.
Best of all, four separate sections of sand were used for all the races. Read more about Day 1 race
Read the day two race report HERE
From NSMB: I haven’t made it a big secret that I prefer to ride small travel bikes or hardtails. When I found out I would be testing the Kona Process 153 DL, I was a little disappointed that I was getting a longer travel option (only now surpassed by the new 167). Fortunately for me, the 153 has been full of positive surprises. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the time that I spent on this bike, I have begun to see how people can own just one bike. I didn’t mean to test the Process as a “quiver killer”, it just happened to be a fine choice for the vast majority of riding I do. I did everything on this bike; I KOM’d 20 minute technical climbs; pushed myself on unfamiliar steep descents, and even rode some sizable dirtjumps. That’s not to say I didn’t have issues with the bike, or that I am actually willing to get rid of all my bikes just to have this one. I simply want to state that I enjoyed riding the Process 153 DL on a far larger variety of terrain than I had expected to. Read more