Daily Archives: 09/10/2018

Connor Fearon Battles Flat Tire at World Champs

The 2018 downhill season has reached its end, but not without an incredible finale. The pinnacle event- World Championships- was held in the stunning mountain village of Lenzerheide, Switzerland this past Sunday. Kona’s Connor Fearon was on a tear in qualifying, with an incredible third place finish. Finals day was the first dry day of the week and as the track dried out the times were getting faster and faster. As is always the case in finals, riders tend to demolish qualifying times in their race runs. Sunday was no exception with rider after rider ticking seconds away from Friday’s times. Belgian rider Martin Maes held onto the hot seat while dozens of riders lost traction in slippery corners, or crashed out in the roots sections. As Connor came down he was on a solid run within striking distance of Maes. However, while nearing the bottom he suffered a rear puncture that would end his chances for a top-five finish. Fortunately, Connor had a tire insert that helped him ride out the flat with a very respectable 15th place finish. The final victory went to French rider Loic Bruni. Thanks for a strong season, Connor! We’re proud to work with you and are thrilled with your results this season.

 

“The World Championships are always the hardest race of the year, everybody comes in wanting a medal, and they’re willing to ride 120% for it. I really like the track in Lenzerheide so I had high expectations for myself here. After qualifying third I was really hoping for a top-five finish to end my season well. My run was really good until near the bottom when I started to feel my rear tire going flat, I had a tire insert so was able to ride it out until the end. I still finished 15th which stings because I know the flat cost me a couple seconds at the bottom, but that’s racing sometimes. The main thing is I’ve finished the season healthy and hungry for more next year.”

-Connor Fearon

Mountain Bike Action Reviews the Kona Honzo CR Trail Frame Set “The Honzo is Ready to Rip Your Local Trails”


“The Honzo defies the notions that hardtails were only made for racing and training, and delivers a ride experience that is fun. If you are looking for a bike that is simple and just wants to go out and have fun, the Honzo is ready to rip your local trails.”
– Mountain Bike Action

Mountain Bike Action built up a custom Honzo CR Trail at the beginning of summer and they have just posted the review live online at MBAction.com. The MBA testers loveed the everything about the Honzo, how it descended, how it cornered, and how it climbed.

“The Honzo surprised us with how far it could be leaned over in corners. At high speeds, the Honzo could be whipped around in a playful manner and didn’t stray from an inside line. ”

You can check out the full review on MBAction.com here and you can check out the updated Honzo family of bikes here.

Wallace World Travels: Racing in Norway

Kona Adventure Team rider and racer Cory Wallace is a traveling fiend these days. His latest adventure took him far north to the gorgeous Norway mountains.

Words from Wallace:

I spent the last two weeks traveling around and racing in Norway. First up was the legendary Birkebeiner race based out of the Olympic village of Lillehammer. This race was at one time the largest mountain bike race in the World with over 17 000 participants. It is a bit smaller now but is still the “big show” in Norwegian mountain biking. The race was like a road race, 84 km long mostly on gravel roads, with average speeds of over 32 km/hr. On the finishing descent, one rider hit 100.1 km/hr as the track went straight down a ski run. I had a rougher day, fighting hard for 22nd.

Next up I flew up North with my buddy Anderl to the northernmost town before the North Pole, Hammerfest. Here we spent a few days adventuring around the Arctic terrain with the Skaidi Xtreme race organizers and other racers before racing their event on Saturday. The Skaidi Xtreme was the opposite of the Birken, and a real mountain bikers race across the arctic tundra. It was boggy, muddy, rocky and pretty technical, with average speeds around 18 km/hr. I flatted early on but managed to fight back pretty good to get within throwing distance of 3rd place, eventually rolling in 4th. It was cool to see both the southern and northern parts of Norway in one trip. The Nordic country is a leader in this world in many ways and they certainly know how to put on some good bike races!

Next up is the Canadian Marathon Championships in Saint-Felecian, Quebec this weekend. It’s been a couple years since I won the title but I’m fired up and ready to take a run at claiming a 3rd Maple Leaf Jersey this weekend.

Over and out!

 

Photos by Frank Rune Isaksn @ The Skaidi Xtreme