Daily Archives: 07/04/2018

The Kona Supremes Report from the North American Enduro cup

Hannah Bergemann and Delia Massey of the Kona Supremes made the trek over to Kellogg, Idaho this past weekend for the North American Enduro cup. Riders raced 9 technical and demanding stages down Silver Mountain Bike Park, descending over 16000 feet and climbing over 8000 over two days of racing

Awesome weekend playing bikes Silver Mountain Bike Park with a great crew! Stoked to race smooth and mostly clean all weekend, and surprised myself with a 2nd place finish! After day one I was only .7 seconds off of the leader. Easily one of the longest, technical, and challenging races I’ve done tallying up over 8000’ of climbing and 16000 of descending gnarly trails over two days of racing, not including a full day of practice. Congrats Porsha MurdockAmy Morrison,  Chelsea Kimball and Alicia Leggett for the podium spots! – Hannah Bergemann

The North American Enduro Cup was the most challenging enduro I have ever done, from rock gardens to steep chutes to big jumps and drops, and 2 days of insane descents and long transfer climbs. Hitting the Baby Swiss drop was a huge personal accomplishment, as was staying upright on stage 8. It was awesome to push myself to ride terrain that I may not have been able to ride smoothly a year ago! Couldn’t have done this without my mechanic Kinsey Smith keeping my bike dialed! – Delia Massey

My Kona – Scott Mackay

Scott Mackay is most definitely a product of his environment. Growing up at the base of Mt. Seymour on Vancouver’s famed North Shore, riding and skiing has been a part of his daily routine for as long as he can remember. For Kona dealers and colleagues that have the privilege to ride with Scott on his home trails – or any trails for that matter – they are served a master class of bike handling and style with a side of humility. Scott lets his riding do the talking and we think you’ll agree…

Long Distance Races and Kona Red/R Tour

Last weekend, there were some great races on the calendar for the KONA LTD team. The enduro boys had the weekend off, but Laura, Dave and Lotte gave it their all in their races. Taking place in Spaarnwoude, Holland and Rursee, Germany, there were challenging tracks ahead.  Laura took on the big distance, racing 100km on the MTB. Lotte had to deal with technical segments such as a long flat rock garden and a strong field of competitors. 

 

Rursee

After a heavy week of biking and a successful KONA Red/R tour (story below), Dave and Laura were present on the start line of the marathon in Rursee. They could choose between 70km or 100km. Laura choose the 100km, with a bit of friendly pressure from Roy! Dave settled on the 70km race.

 

With the aim of mostly riding her own pace, fast and steady, Laura had a lonely race, which made it more challenging! The flats and the strong wind, together with the 2500 meters of climbing made it extra difficult. Nevertheless, Laura held her own pace and even ended up overtaking many male riders. Many riders suffered with cramps! Tired but satisfied she crossed the finish line as second woman after a race of more than five hours! 

Dave’s motto was chill uphill, hard downhill. Together with his training friend he enjoyed every minute. 

 

  

3Nation Cup, Spaarnwoude (C2)

The organizers of the 3Nation cup once again created a beautiful track and Lotte were looking forward to racing on Sunday. Her first race in Holland this season, nerves mixed with excitement! After a long and flat start, Lotte managed to overtake a lot of riders on the first climb and so she went third into the forest. The entire race needed full focus with a lot of tricky corners and hard efforts up the climbs. Despite the strong field of competitors, in the end Lotte finished second – an unexpected result, she finished the weekend super happy! 

 

KONA Red/R tour

Below in the report, but at least as important: the KONA “ride, eat, drink, repeat”. Last year, there were 15 riders at the Dutch Bicycle Centre to ride this KONA Red/R tour. This year more than 30 people with all different Kona bikes were present on this beautiful Wednesday evening. Old Kona bikes (some really old Kona bikes) and brand new ones were all there. The riders were all looking forward to ride together and to have a good barbecue afterwards. Dave worked the BBQ like a real chef. He grilled with all of his heart. After a nice ride, the bikers ate and had a lot of fun. See you next year Kona bikers!