Daily Archives: 09/19/2017

Pedaliero Team Reports from the German Enduro One Series

Here’s an update from Kona-supported pedaliero team in Germany, who have been busy racing the regional enduro series this summer. You can follow their progress at pedaliero.

Words by Stefan Westerveld. Photos by Nico Gilles.

For the third time the region around the 1024-metre-high Ochsenkopf was the venue for the growing German Enduro One series.

With the Bullhead House and the organizer WSV Oberwarmensteinach, the BABOONS crew had once again brought in two competent partners who made the best of the trails around the Ochsenkopf and the local bike park.

A total of five stages, with Stage 5 also being the prologue on Saturday evening, had to be raced on Sunday.

The relatively short round with 18km and 350hm had everything for intermediate technical skills but between there were always difficult bits which had to be mastered. And the very rocky terrain provided some flat tires for the riders.

Nevertheless I didn’t choose a tire with a double wall and rode my favorite tire Nobby Nic with a little more pressure on the rear wheel again which worked well in Laax.

The weather played along and everybody had a smile on their face at the end of the day.

But the organizers should perhaps think about Stage 4 again. A 40 seconds “straight line” along a lift corridor would be much more fun with at least a few berms.

In the end a top ten, a podium and a nice weekend was a perfect outcome.

The Enduro One series is a favorite for many Enduro racers these days. For a good reason! Be sure to join in if you’re in the area. In the beginning of October we will see each other at the final in Wipperfürth!

The pedaliero crew

Introducing the Kona Quebec CX Team supported by La Cordée. 

#crossiscoming is a hashtag we see everywhere leading into cross season, and there is good reason to get excited about it. Cross has run in the Kona veins since day one: it’s part of our DNA and is not only incredibly addictive to participate in but it’s highly exciting to watch.

For the 2017 season, we are supporting, along with La Cordée, a grassroots team of two young riders from Quebec, Canada who are eager to play in the mud – and to try and survive the snowy months ahead of us.

20-year-old Laurie Arseneault is our new addition to our Kona Quebec Cross Country and ‘Cross Team. Laurie was the the 2015 Junior Canadian XC Champion, so she knows what racing is all about! Over the next couple of months, she will be throwing a leg over her Jake The Snake for the CX season and will compete with the Elite women. Follow her on Instagram at @laulouche1.

Emile Robillard is 21 years old and one hell of an enduro rider. He’s also trail builder, instructor and race planner, the list goes on. He’s been racing enduro all summer and working year-round taking care of trails at the local hill north of Montreal. He will get his blood pumping while racing the Elite Men’s category aboard his Jake the Snake (all while wearing baggy shorts!). You can follow him on Instagram at @emilerobillard.

The season in Quebec started this past weekend and will go on until the end of October, so if you are around la belle province over the next few weekends, stop by the races and the Kona tent, ring a cowbell in support of the team, share a drink or two and make as much noise as possible.

See you there.

Photos by Judicael Aspirot.