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Tacoma Washington Kona Demo Sunday at Swan Creek Park

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Vernon Trails Sidiefest in Viroqua, WI – Win a Kona Lana’i

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Kona Super Grassroots – Kaysee Armstrong at the Pisgah Productions Monster Cross

55489558-Pisgah+Monster+Cross_131The Pisgah Productions Monster Cross was this past Saturday, and Supergrass Roots rider Kaysee Armstrong placed second behind the leader by one minute. Monster Cross is part of the Queen of Pisgah Series and is the fourth out of five races. Kaysee is currently sitting third in the overall standings behind Carey Lowery and Brenda Simril.

Kaysee rode her Kona Zone Two with 700 X 34 Hutchinson Piranha CX tubeless tires. Monster Cross consists of riding 70 miles with 11,000’ of climbing on gravel and paved road. The race has some of the highest elevation sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway and over 40 miles of the toughest gravel roads Pisgah has to offer. Kaysee sat first for over half of the race till Carey caught her on the parkway and made a pass. Kaysee was able to descend down from the parkway and catch back up to Carey, but on the last bit of gravel climbing Carey pulled away and put in a little over a minute on Kaysee by the finish.

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Enduro MTB.com test the Precept DL: “superb handling”

P114005321A few days ago we had the chance to test the whole Kona enduro range at the Kona Press Launch in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (you can find an overview of every bike presented here). One bike especially interested us: the entry-level Precept DL trail bike attractively priced at 1500 EUR. Can you really get a useable trail bike at this price point or do the inevitable compromises spoil the fun too much? Read for yourself. Read more

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Introducing the Kona Esatto Road Endurance Bikes

Introducing the all-new Esatto series of Road Endurance bikes from Kona. Designed specifically for long, exploratory rides that never end, the Esattos find that perfect balance between performance, price and comfort. Featuring disc brakes, Scandium 69 frameset and carbon forks with tapered steer tubes on the Esatto DDL and Esatto D, as well as Titanium frame-only and an alloy base model, each of the four Esatto models features exacting geometry that is highlighted by a more upright position for all day comfort and control. Kona Road done right.

Check out the Esatto DDL, Esatto D, Esatto and Ti Esatto

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The Kona Ride – Connor Fearon & Andrew Crimmins

Connor Fearon & Andrew Crimmins at Bikepark Serfaus • Fiss • Ladis in Austria.

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Leah Maunsell Reports from Ireland (MBW Team)

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Past weekend was a big event for Team Maunsell as it was our last Irish National Gravity Enduro of 2014 where we would be battling it out for overall series positions. I was safe on points for the overall in the Pro Women’s category relieving me of some pressure. However Jonathan was still in a very close point’s battle among the Pro Men. Read more

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Forfar Funduro – Thomas Mitchell

forfar“One day while sifting through my junk email indox I stumbled across this email form Scott, the organiser of the Angus Cycling Festival, it read,

“Hi Thomas, I work with Aaron Gray who organises the Muckmedden races, Fair City Enduro etc, As we are also sponsored by Kona I was just wondering if you were free and fancied racing at The Forfar Funduro race we are organising?”

How could I say no? Now I hear you asking what exactly is a “Funduro?” Well basically the event format was to consist of 6 stages, 4 of which would be your standard ‘enduro’ mountain bike stages and 2 of which consisted of a run down each side of a dual slalom track. The 4 normal stages were to be raced twice, meaning you were going to be doing a total of 10 timed stages over the day. The first time you rode each stage you would be riding it blind and there were alot of very fast locals ready to make their assault on the podium. I knew I would have my work cut out to get a top result here. Read More

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Spencer Paxson – Season Recap Photo Essay: 36 Cups of Coffee

MVI_8684.MOV.Still001Bike racing is a good thing to cherish, just like slow-roasting with a good cup of coffee in the morning. The warm silence and calm focus that serves as a welcoming contrast to the challenge which lies ahead. Both stimulating in their own complementary way, coffee and bike racing.

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The Armstrong High School Cycling Club opens new Bike Park in Richmond, VA

54125a4024046.imageA field between a struggling high school and a public housing complex will open Saturday as a mountain bike park.

The park will be a training ground for Armstrong High School’s cycling team and Richmond Cycling Corps’ younger cyclists program in Fairfield Court.

The site is behind Fairfield Court Elementary School, where a playground fire sent up columns of black smoke last month and was known to nearby residents as a common spot for drug deals.

Founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps Craig Dodson said the park will be a place for the Armstrong team and the community to gather. Children have already shown up to ride on the skill-building features.Read more

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Helen Wyman checks in from Las Vegas

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I’m going to be very honest here; when I first went to Cross Vegas, it wasn’t really my cup of tea. A less than inspiring course (sorry), more than hot conditions, more air conditioning units in a single town than there are the whole of Europe, I won’t go any further. But my pit man/coach/go-to guy Stef decided it would be good for me to return five or six years later to face my desert demons and race Cross Vegas again. A few mails to the amazing Brook Watts later and we were all ready to go.

It was never going to be that smooth now was it! A cancelled flight, delays, queues longer and slower than ever previously recorded in history meant a 2am arrival in Vegas the night before the race. On my East Coast USA body clock, that was 5am. Anyone who knows me, knows I love sleep. I’m all about the sleep. So that kind of killed me. Fortunately I just left Stef at the airport to pick up the car, and carry my bags and got a cab to the Monte Carlo, our home for the next 2 days. More at www.helenwyman.com

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Kona Supergrass Racer Ryan Gardner Races the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro.

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Photo by Jeremiah Newman

This past weekend saw American Enduro Racing take a huge leap forward in catching up to our European counterparts. The Crested Butte Ultra Enduro was the first five day enduro on American soil and what a race it was! Five days of predominantly backcountry riding covered nearly 100 miles of pristine Colorado trail while climbing and often times pushing up over 6,000 ft of climbing per day. Mind you this was no sea-level 5000 ft, most days started at around 8,000 ft and topped out at a lung busting 12,400 ft! For us sea-level dwellers, 12,400 feels like you’re breathing through a straw! The views, however, more than made up for any dizziness.
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