Monthly Archives: June 2018

A Heavy Weekend of Racing for Cory Wallace

Kona Adventure Team Rider and 24 Hour Solo World Champion, Cory Wallace, had a somber start to his racing last weekend. Prior to the Squamish Spakwus 50km race, he received word that one of his close friends had passed away while racing his bike in Nepal. Cory took his grief and poured all of his emotion into a powerful victory in the race. He followed it up with a 120km race in Alberta the next day. Cory is a true machine with a huge heart.

Cory wrote about processing his friend’s passing and channeling it into his racing in his most recent blog post. Our condolences to you, Cory. Thanks for always being a true champion.

Racing in Alberta has its perks

Solstice Madness

Spencer loves massive days in the saddle.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, we’re celebrating the summer solstice today. It’s annually a day where we pack as much into a single day as possible, taking advantage of the gratuitous daylight that mother nature has granted us. We thought it fitting to take a look back at last year’s amazing solstice achievement by Kona rider Spencer Paxson as he packed in more vertical in one day than almost anyone else in the world ever has on two wheels.

When I heard Spencer was attempting to ride one of Bellingham’s most awesome trails as many times as possible during daylight hours, I became really intrigued. Spencer is freakishly athletically talented, but that climb is a MONSTER….not in length but in steepness. The average grade is puke-inducing on a good day. I remember polling my friends asking, “How many times do you honestly think you could climb to the top of that trail in a day? Honestly?” Some said two, three, four. One said six…but he’s also freakishly talented. While I’m not the most talented rider on the planet I consider myself to be in good shape and I think I could maybe do it four times. That four times includes me crying, barfing, screaming, trying to quit at least once per lap, and consuming as many cookies as my body could handle. In other words, four would be a massive stretch for me… but if my life were on the line I could probably make it happen.

Spencer climbed that climb FIFTEEN TIMES. Over 32,000 feet of climbing. My mind is still blown. Every single time I ride that trai

Spencer, no doubt planning some sort of Type 2 mega sufferfest.  Photo: Sarah Paxson

l I am in awe of that accomplishment. You can read all about it in this feature from Bike Magazine.

Today Spencer and Kona product manager Mark Allison are attempting another brutal feat that includes climbing an actual mountain on foot (the North Twin Sister off of the Mount Baker Highway) and a bit over 100 miles of riding their Honzos on some of Whatcom County’s most epic trails.

Stay tuned for an upcoming report of their day. Do you think they’ll make it?

 

Kona rolling papers are here!

Let’s get lit! These may be the raddest packs of rolling papers ever… (well, since our last batch)  and you can pair them with your favorite recreational activity – bikes!
Made from 100% hemp paper each individual pack contains 24 papers and 24 filters, they are available to purchase in single packs and Boxes of 24.

Head to the Kona web store here to get yours now before they sell out!

Need Help Choosing a Kona? MBR is Here to Help!

 

The folks at MBR UK have created a super comprehensive guide to help buyers choose a Kona. Hardtail? XC bike? Trail? Gravity? There are a lot to choose from and picking the one bike you need can be overwhelming. Their advice is to think about the kind of riding you do and pick a bike that best suits the majority of your riding. If you live in a fairly flat area but go to the bike park once a year, it’s probably wise to buy something that is good at pedaling. Fortunately, there are a lot of Konas that can be ridden in a wide variety of terrain.

Check out the MBR UK article to get a good idea of what bikes you should consider.

Introducing the the Hei Hei Trail and Hei Hei Trail DL

We’ve been working around the clock to bring you the latest in awesome Kona bikes, so we’re thrilled to announce that the all-new Hei Hei Trail and Hei Hei Trail DL are here! Check out Charlotte Frost taking the Hei Hei Trail DL out for a little rip in Queenstown, NZ.

The new Hei Hei Trail and Hei Hei Trail DL are the next iterations of our Hei Hei Trail lineup. Our carbon Hei Hei Trails are so much fun to ride that we figured a more wallet-friendly version would be a nice addition. These bikes are the ultimate do-all machines, whether exploring your local backyard trails or for taking on that epic summer biking vacation. They are so much fun to ride!

With two aluminum 140mm 27.5” versions to complement our carbon lineup, there’s sure to be a build for most budgets. We’re sticking with our Fuse suspension platform to ensure just the right amount of support is provided on both the climb and descent. The Hei Hei Trail DL features a RockShox Revelation fork and Deluxe RL shock. Hills are made easy with a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and a Reverb dropper post. The Hei Hei Trail comes ready to shred with A RockShox Sektor RL fork and Deluxe RL shock, a Shimano Deore drivetrain, TransX dropper, and Maxxis tires.

 

Find your local dealer on Konaworld, or check out the bike on the Kona Ride Online and have it delivered to your local Kona dealer!

Koopmans Wins 3 Nations Cup!

XCO Erezee

Erezee is a little village in the Belgian Ardennes. The course was about 4.5km with 195hm and lots of rocks and roots. Although nowadays most of the cross-country courses are handmade by track builders, in Erezee the track was 100% made by mother nature herself.

Since Lotte is combining her medical studies with cycling, there was no time to explore the course earlier than on the race day itself. She was only able to do one lap on the course before the sound of the start shot echoed through the fields.

After a little start climb, Lotte was the third into the forest. First, there came a descent and she tried to stay close to the top to riders in the field. On the first very slippery climb she managed to overtake both riders in front of her and start her solo race. Every lap the gap grew wider and wider. In the meantime, the sun was starting to shine and the course dried up a bit. Both the climbs and descent went faster and after 1.5hr race she crossed the finish line more than five minutes ahead of the second place finisher! Nicknamed, “climbing goat Koopmans” by the Dutch press, Lotte and the team are very happy and satisfied with the result.

Lotte races on the Kona Honzo CR Race, which she loves. Her bike is very light and because the geometry is also a bit like a trail bike, she can attack the downhills too.

Marathon Rhens

Every year the Kona LTD Teams travel to Germany to participate in the Marathon of Rhens. It is about 80km and 2400 meters of elevation.

Laura and Dave just came from the wedding of Laura’s younger brother. They stayed in a hotel near Rhens, since Laura won the marathon last year and they got one night in a very luxury hotel, with a sauna and golf course. Lucky for them, the hotel owner is Mister Haribo… so lots of Haribo candy everywhere!

Laura had a solid start but after 25km she felt that her legs needed their own pace and she decided to just enjoy the race and the beautiful German views. After almost 4 hours of racing and a caffeine gel her legs finally found strength and she was able to race an amazing final. She finished third in her category.

For Dave, in contrast, the sugar of the candies in the hotel seemed to power his legs and he had a great race!

Roy loves this kind of marathon with a lot of gravel roads and long climbs. He gave it his all on both climbs and descents. He ended 12th overall in a very strong and big field of elite men!

Even Karin enjoyed the trails. In the beginning, she was struggling a bit with the legs but in the end, she overtook a lot of riders, both men and women!

 

Kristien Achten Wins Belgian Ardennes Marathon Series

BAMS, een kampioenschap dat de mooiste marathons van de Belgische Ardennen verenigt. Ieder event staat gekend als een klassieker in de mountainbikewereld of als een beloftevolle nieuwe organisatie. De verschillende races worden gekenmerkt door hun technische en zware parcours, waar iedereen zich amuseert, zowel competitief als amateur.

Op dit moment zijn we bijna halfweg in het kampioenschap.

De eerste race, la Hallonienne, werd meer dan ooit een modderpoel. Nog nooit mocht ik zoveel ploeteren, schuiven, duwen, … om de finish te halen. Ieder paadje werd herleid tot dezelfde moddergeul, maar dat maakte de rit niet minder leuk. In de opener van het kampioenschap kon ik meteen op de hoogste tree van het podium en dus de roze leiderstrui bemachtigen.

De tweede race stond ik dan ook fier in mijn roze plunje aan de start. Cimes de Waimes staat gekend als het wortelparadijs en die naam deden ze alle eer aan. Een knap en technisch parcours maakte het plezier des te groter. Waar vinden ze al die paadjes toch? Opnieuw kon ik als eerste over de streep rijden en mocht het roze dus nog wat langer houden.

Ardennes Trophy stond als derde in de rij. Het was alweer een aantal jaar geleden dat ik startte, maar één ding herinnerde ik me nog: het einde is genadeloos. De hoogtemeters worden opgespaard voor het tweede deel van de rit, wanneer de krampen de kop opsteken en het tempo zakt. Gelukkig niet enkel voor mij. Het parcours is wederom subliem. Dit is terecht een klassieker. Na meer dan vijf uur word ik eerste dame. Drie op drie en nog een roze truitje erbij.

Op naar de volgende.

Connor Crushes in Leogang!

Connor Fearon has had his best finish of the World Cup season with a 7th place scorcher in Leogang. This season has shown incredibly tight racing and Leogang was no exception. Always a dramatic race, Connor was able to keep his focus and take his Operator to the line with killer speed. Connor now moves up to 11th overall with goals to get even higher in the standings as the season progresses.

“Finals went down today! I was actually really nervous for racing. I had two good practice runs in the morning (maybe its a bit of superstition but my 3rd run is always the charm) and chilled out for racing. The format this year is pretty cool. I can stay down and watch the women and juniors all race which is especially helpful if the track changes a lot. You can see on the big screens whats going on with the track. It’s cool qualifying in the top 10 because that late in the day there aren’t many riders or spectators hanging around the top anymore. It’s eerily quiet actually and I like it. I prefer to have fewer people watching me ride!

My run was sweet I think I could have pushed it a bit harder in some sections but still stoked for 7th place. The World Cups this year seem like a different level. 1st place to 20th is packed with fast guys so it’s good to be towards the front. I’m sitting 11th now overall and I’m hoping to chip that number down some more over the next couple races! I’m heading home now for a couple weeks to get stuck into some training and riding. I find it a lot more useful being home then traveling around the world without a real schedule for training etc.. So yeah, overall good weekend and looking forward to Val Di Sole!” – Connor Fearon