Daily Archives: 05/29/2018

Kona Raises Over $12,000 for Wildfire-Ravaged Trails

This year at the Sea Otter Classic we held a couple fundraisers in support of the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance. Both organizations are trail stewards for areas that were devastated by 2017’s wildfires. While we only had to deal with smoky skies in Bellingham and Vancouver, we were feeling deeply for our friends who were affected by one of the worst wildfire seasons in history.

Kona’s owners Dan Gerhard and Jake Heilbron wanted to pay homage to Kona’s bowling roots and threw a massive party at Monterey Lanes. A HUGE shout out goes to Bike Magazine, Maxxis, WTB, and SRAM for being co-sponsors of the event. We were joined by friends from all across the industry with representatives from Full Speed Ahead, Camelbak, Jenson, Dirt Rag Magazine, Santa Cruz Cycleworks, Dakine, Giro, Bike Rumor, B.R.A.I.N, Vital MTB, Freehub Magazine, Modus Sport Group and more. We even had one-time Kona Factory Team rider and current IMBA Executive Director Dave Wiens in the house. A special shout out goes to the crew from Palo Alto Bikes who drove 5 hours to the party after closing the shop, and then back again at 1 in the morning to open up again the next day. Legends. The lanes were packed all night as people channeled their inner “Dude” and partied into the wee hours.

Along with the bowling we also held a raffle for a limited edition birthday bike, a gorgeous steel Honzo. The lucky winner was Matthew Kurkjian of Moraga, California. Matt will be rolling on one of only 201 birthday bikes.

Between the raffle and bowling party, we raised $12,440 with 100% of the funds going to SBMTV and REMBA. We’d like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket and joined us at Monterey Lanes for the good times!

“We are proud to support the rebuilding of California’s trails by working with REMBA and SBMTV. These types of organizations are what keep our sport progressing forward by helping to build new trails and grow local biking communities. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause!” –Jake Heilbron

 

Kona GDuro Team Reports From E1 Series In Winterberg, Germany

Kona GDuro team rider Stefan Westerveld reports from Winterberg.

This year the first stop of the German-based Enduro One series was combined with the Dirt Masters Festival in Winterberg with the huge turnout of nearly 700 racers! This event might have been the biggest enduro race ever held on German ground.
The event area next to the Trailpark on the other side of the festival area was chosen to help maintain crowds with the ten thousands of visitors and also brought more spectators to the stages nearby. A huge crowd of cheering fans on Stage 8 gave an extra push of motivation to the riders. On Stage 1 , the “Black Line” of the Bikepark Area which might have been the most difficult stage technically, gave riders some challenge. Unfortunately, I gave a tree on one of the off-camber bits a little hug and lost a few seconds.


Stage 2 was a new trail in one of the small forests beside the trailpark. The fresh, loamy surface is by far our favorite style of trail riding. And even with the first pedaling section at the top, I had so much fun letting my new Process 29” go. To my surprise, this resulted in the best stage time in my class on that day.
All other stages were more or less part of the Winterberg Trailpark with less technical requirements of the rider. The missing track signage on some parts may be the only point of criticism of the weekend.
All in all, this was a super fun event. The combination with the DIRT Masters paid off. Thunderstorms came in on midday and the event organization had to cancel the race for the last riders while all top riders had already finished. With massive hail showers, it was the right decision. Back on flats with the new Process 29” I’m super happy! First race, first top ten, first podium!

Our dream build of the Process 29er AL is on the way!
Le’st see what this bike is capable of on the next stop in Roßbach.