Lacy Kemp

Racing the Annapurna Circuit for a Cause

Last year Adventure Team rider and 24 Hour Solo World Champion Cory Wallace took on the task of raising money to help build a coaching/training center in Nepal. His goal was to complete the Annapurna Circuit in less than 24 hours. Completing the Annapurna Circuit is an incredibly challenging athletic feat on its own. It is comprised of 220km of extremely high altitude riding while ascending over 6000 meters throughout the process. Completing the Annapurna Circut in just 24 hours is…well… something that perhaps only Wallace can do.

He’s back at it this year and on November 20th is attempting to break his time last year of 23:57 with the goal to raise $6,500 for the coaching center -the only of its kind in Nepal. Wallace is giving away two of his world championships jerseys- one for the single highest donation and the person who donates and most accurately predicts his completed time in the comments section on GoFundMe. Want to play along? Check out the fundraiser here.

Stay tuned for his result and donate to the campaign!

Video by Gaurav Man Sherchan and photos by Cory and Patrick Means.

 

Extended Family: Kate Meyer

Kate Meyer is the quintessential Kona rider. Living in Bend, Oregon, Kate is a Fisheries Biologist for the US Forest Service on the McKenzie River. Kate excels at fun. We like fun too, and that’s why we love Kate’s style and attitude. She rides for the good times and she RIPS on a bike. We asked Kate to answer a few questions for us about why she rides and what the scene is like for her in central Oregon.
Kate! Welcome to the Cog! Tell us where you’re from and how long you’ve been riding.
Thanks for having me on the Cog! I was born and raised in McCall, Idaho where I spent most of my time snowboarding. I moved to Ashland, Oregon for college and started mountain biking there about fourteen years ago. After my first downhill ride, I was hooked for life (despite going over the bars and shredding my hands).
What does your perfect day on a bike look like?
I had a perfect day yesterday at Black Rock with three of my favorite riding buddies. It was a loam lapping, meat hucking, stoke stirring, progression session on a beautiful sunny day in the woods. It doesn’t get much better than that!
What’s the riding scene like where you live?
Central Oregon has a pretty diverse mountain biking scene with over 300 miles of single track, dirt jumps, pump tracks, and Mt. Bachelor Bike Park. We have a very active, strong trail volunteer organization – Central Oregon Trail Alliance – that works with public land managers to build and maintain trails and advocates for the bike community. The downhill/freeride/dirt jump scene, which I’m most involved with, is small but definitely growing.
How do you fit into the cycling community there? What would you say your best contribution to the community is?
I try to be a good trail steward and dig as much as I can. And I try to be a positive force in the downhill/freeride/dirt jump community by supporting efforts to build and maintain more advanced trails, encouraging ladies to ride more aggressively, and just trying to spread the stoke that biking brings me.
Why do you choose mountain biking as your primary(?) activity?
Snowboarding was my first love, but mountain biking has become a huge part of my life. If I’m not working, I’m biking. It keeps me present, healthy, happy, and social. I have a strong drive for continued progression and growth and biking is a perfect outlet for that. And you really can’t beat the feeling of ripping down a trail with your buds!
What words of advice do you have for a) women looking to get into the sport and b) strong female riders looking to get even better?
For women looking to get into mountain biking, I would suggest signing up for a clinic or going on a ladies ride with a local bike shop – they happen all the time now. You’ll learn and progress quicker and find people to ride with. For strong female riders looking to get better, I suggest riding with people that are better than you and work on chasing them down, sessioning jumps and features, and pushing your comfort zone a little bit more each ride.
Where is your absolute favorite place to ride?
That’s a tough question – there are so many good places to ride in the PNW. I would have to say that riding Whistler Bike Park in the Fall is pretty hard to beat.
How long have you been riding a Kona?
I’ve been riding Kona bikes for about ten years, on a Minxy, a Shred, and two Process 153s. The new Process 153 is the most fun bike I’ve ever ridden! You guys nailed it!
Any fun plans for the winter?
I hope to spend my winter slashing endless white and brown pow here in Oregon. My dad lives on a sailboat in Belize and I’ll be joining him and my brother for a few weeks down there.
What does your 2019 season look like?
I plan to race the NW Cup Downhill Series and ride all over the PNW. I really want to ride more in Bellingham – that new jump trail looks so fun! My home bike park at Mt. Bachelor will be opening a new jump trail – Red Line – that is going to be insanely good, so I’ll be lapping that and learning some new tricks.
Photos: Roo Fowler/Hope Tech

Les Mondiaux Xterra disputés sur l’île hawaiienne de Maui sur le site de kapalua se sont déroulés dans des conditions particulièrement humides cette année, même si le jour J, un grand soleil régnait sur le parcours.

L’océan ce dimanche matin, après avoir été calme toute la semaine, a voulu être de la partie avec de belles vagues de 2 m à 2 m 50. Une natation de 1500m découpé en 2 parties de 750m avec une sortie à l’australienne au milieu.
Il était difficile de gardé le cap avec le courant, des bouées jaune nous permettaient de nous guider.
 
Après une belle bagarre dans les vagues, transition au parc à vélo
 
Le temps de mettre chaussure, casque et me voici sur mon VTT Kona HONZO CR RACE
Après seulement 10min, nous voici dans un bourbier, on le savait, le parcours VTT (réduit à 30km au lieu de 40km) à cause de la boue. Une boue particulière qui colle beaucoup.
Beaucoup de temps à enlever la boue accumulée sur les pneus et la transmission qui récupérait les hautes herbes. Je ne me suis pas affolé sur le VTT, je savais que le parcours allait être long et difficile. Mon HONZO CR RACE à tenu bon sur ce parcours VTT dantesque.
Nouvelle transition, je pose mon vélo j’enfile mes chaussures pour la dernière partie, une course à pied de 10km, dans la boue très intense, recherche d’appuis une bonne partie du circuit pour ne pas glisser, mais je tiens bon je me dis que la ligne n’est plus très loin. Me voici arrivé sur la plage les derniers mètres sur la plage, une arche d’arrivée qui se profile devant moi je franchis la ligne d’arrivée en 3h30. Je ne sais pas encore mon classement, je discute avec les coureurs de ce parcours de fou. Un ami viens me voir pour m’annoncer mon résultat 37ème scratch & 1er de ma catégorie groupe d’âge 30-34 je suis champion du monde. Quelle aventure. Une course d’usure ou il fallait prendre son temps pour gérer son effort.
Une très belle expérience qui renforce mon envie de faire le circuit européen en 2019.
Vraiment satisfait du VTT KONA HONZO CR RACE qui à un rendement explosif dans les montées et très agile dans les descentes.

Cycling Weekly Rides Madeira

Cycling Weekly recently took part in our gravel trip to Madeira. They just released their report on what it’s like to ride around the small but incredibly hilly island. With amazing gravel and tarmac roads and for being well known for incredible singletrack for mountain biking, plus views that are straight off of a postcard, could Madeira be the ultimate bike destination? Read on to find out!

 

For more information on Madeira, check out Visit Maderia!

Team S&M CX Earns UCI CX Victories!

Team S&M CX had a killer double header at the US Open of Cyclocross a couple weeks ago and saw racer Clara Honsinger take two victories in a row – big wins in the UCI categorized race.

From Clara: “On Saturday in Boulder we prepared for 60 degrees and bountiful sunshine. We arrived in time to pre-ride the course, slip into our race kits and roll around a moment before the race. I rode a paced race and studied where I could take advantages over other riders. Ultimately, I found myself with a solid gap and carried it in for my first UCI win. Then Sunday morning, we awoke to frigid temperatures and 5 inches of heavy snow—not the squeaky fluff typical of the Southwest, but the damp and sloppy crud more closely associated with Oregon. Thoughtfully, Brenna took cool action, reaching out to our solid sponsor and fantastic hosts, Stages Cycling, to edit the race day plan. In the meantime, I frantically repacked my race bag. Through the kindness of Stages, Brenna was able to secure us a warm place to dress, access to an entire studio of Stages’ indoor cycling bikes, and a hot spigot to rinse the mud off our shoes after the race. During this time, I was able to determine that I would need to wear my thick wool socks over the standard-thickness wool socks. When it came to the racing, there were still adjustments to be made: lines in the course froze and thawed, ruts gained depth, and our solid team of support kept bikes clean and shifting in the pits. Through the majority of the race, I carried momentum and focus, even with a few bobbles. Eventually, with a lap and a half to go, I found myself with a delicate lead. In those last few minutes of the race, I charged on while trying to keep as clean as possible as the frozen mud accumulated to my bike. In the end, I got my second win and we left Boulder feeling even greater gratitude to our friends at Stages.”

Team S&M CX have written a great race report with contributions from both Honsinger and teammate Beth Anne Orton. The post is well worth a read and teaches a thing or two about being prepared for the unprepared. Congrats to both racers on a steller weekend.  Thanks to  Adam Koble for the incredible photos!

Work With Us! Kona USA is Hiring a Junior Designer

Attention design-minded shredders! Are you a recent graduate that studied graphic design, or someone who is a self-taught design badass? Do you live in Bellingham, Washington or plan to live nearby really soon? Do you live and breathe bikes? Do you want to see the promise land that is Candy Mountain?

We actually do have candy mountain! Or more like candy shelf… but it’s always stocked and delicious!

If so, we want to hear from you!

We are hiring a junior graphic designer/marketer to show us the trends, design ad layouts, create point of purchase material (you know- the cool branded stuff like signs, tee shirts, patches, hats, key chains, pint glasses, etc), create trade show materials and booth designs, help with in-store development and even help us create some sweet custom bike components! Along with the design, you’ll assist Kona’s marketing and sales departments with managing our webstore, helping out with product photography, social media, and other general utility tasks. You gotta be willing to get your hands dirty!

Sometimes the work is dirty… but it’s almost always fun!

 

This person will work out of our Ferndale, Washington office and liaise directly with Kona USA staff as well as our international marketing and production art teams to produce graphic design and marketing materials for a variety of purposes and applications as well as assisting with Kona USA’s various day-to-day needs.

Help us design sweet tee shirts!

While we know you’re all very special, the following skills are required:

  • Adobe CS proficiency with certified professional training/education predominantly with InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook proficiency
  • Mac computer proficiency
  • The patience of a saint

 

 

This could be your desk!  

 

Requirement: Know how to have a good time. Onesies are optional.

Interested? Check out the full job description here!

To apply please email your resume and sample work with the subject “Kona USA Junior Designer” to jobs@konaworld.com

 

Kona is Hiring a Marketing Manager for Europe

The Kona Bicycle Company is seeking a full-time employee to manage European marketing operations as part of its global marketing department. This person must be a media relations master, a public speaker, a digital content producer, an avid and capable cyclist, an accomplished writer, an organized team worker, unafraid to dig in and get their hands dirty and travel to very cool locations to ride bikes and get the job done.

Work with highly talented and opinionated international teams producing top shelf content from the comfort of your “office.” Photo: Caleb Smith

Travel to exotic locations and shuttle like the locals. Come join the adventure! Photo: John Gibson

Ride all types of bikes on terrain of all types with riders of all types. Photo: Caleb Smith

Duration: Full Time, Year-Round, 24/7/365
Location: Europe
Compensation: Determined by experience and qualifications. We’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Specific Duties:

1. Internal and external communications lead for Kona Europe
2. Media relations including managing all product reviews and more
3. Europe’s advertising campaign planning
4. Project management, production and direction
5. Event hosting, MC’ing, coordinating
6. Bike dealer marketing communications
7. Lots of meetings, planning, talking with opinionated North Americans and a team that is so spread out it’s ridiculous

Click here for the full job description, but don’t let it deter you, this is actually a dream job. You’ll work with riders, writers, marketers, professional videographers, the industry’s best photographers, award winning designers, coffee lovers and comedians.

Experience, Knowledge and Skillsets:

• Consumer, bicycle retailer and media relations
• Creative writing, storytelling, copy writing, blogging, social media, event hosting and public speaking
• Fluency or proficiency in French or Spanish or Italian or German languages is a preferred asset
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite is a preferred asset
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task and work with tight deadlines
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Proven problem-solving ability and sound judgment
• Extensive knowledge of Mountain, Road, Gravel, Commuter, E-Bike and Cyclocross bicycles
• Experience in dealing with sensitive designers and “artsy types”
• Experience in the tactical deployment of irreverence and sarcasm
• A good sense of humor

If you’re interested please email your resume and sample work with subject “Kona Europe Marketing Manager” to jobs@konaworld.com

Travel to international trade shows and display bikes that often win awards. Photo: Caleb Smith

Stand on podiums (of a different kind) and present Kona bicycles to dealers, media and Kona staff all over the world. Photo: Paul Kelly

Do whatever it takes to ensure your message is heard and well understood. Photo: Caleb Smith

Feel good everyday knowing you work for “The Good Guys”. After all, you’re working for an independently owned and operated bike company that’s been in business for 30 years. Photo: Paul Kelly

Work hard, ride hard, play hard. Stirl and Rae Photo


At Kona, we’re all about the freedom and empowerment of the bicycle. We have been since 1988. We still have the same founding owners. We’re still populated by a staff of keen, active, impassioned cyclists. We’re not big, nor are we that small. Just a dedicated group of cyclists making bicycles for people who love bikes-no matter if that love is new or long established.

State of Cyclocross

The State of Cyclocross is screening at The Kona Bike Shop on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5. All event info can be found here.

“You want something you care about to last beyond you”

Professional rider Laura Winberry was talking about cyclocross and her desire for the sport’s sustainability when she said those words and when she did so, she unknowingly captured the ethos of the entire project and gave us the tagline of the film.

State of Cyclocross is about making something that lasts. In an age of mass photography, and an era of select, process, post and forget, we wanted something tangible and lasting. To shoot on film is to be fully present, to evaluate, to prepare, to be patient and to be right. At its heart, this film is a meditation on the sport of cyclocross. It explores its counter-cultural past, its existence today and what needs to be done to sustain it moving forward. As the rapidly growing sport drifts away from its counter-culture roots and begins to become more mainstream, it is developing a bit of an identity crisis: does it stay fringe and true to its roots or does it accept the movement towards professionalism and a more sustainable economic model? Even in the space of time since the film was shot and completed, the ever-changing landscape of Cyclocross has already shifted. Incorporating voiceover by multiple current and former professionals and national champions, it was filmed in Super 8 in a single day in January at the United States Cyclocross National Championships in Reno. Additionally, the film also incorporates still photography as interludes which were also shot that same day using vintage film cameras and legacy lenses.

Project Backstory and Creation

When I was a kid I rode BMX bikes religiously. I skated Sims Christian Hosoi boards until they broke. I discovered The Clash and Black Flag when my brother passed me a joint in the 8th grade and then said, “listen to this”. I grew up. I Let go of such things. I discovered my dad’s Canon AE-1. I fell in love. But like most passions, it was fleeting. I moved on to other sports and activities, but it wasn’t until I was an adult and discovered the sport of cyclocross – a fringe discipline on the cycling spectrum – that all of my childhood endeavors – good and bad – converged. I fell in love once more.

State of Cyclocross came about due to a conversation between myself and one of my co-collaborators, Michael Jasinski, when, after finishing up our work together on another cycling-related short, we were talking about the lack of intention in terms how people create and consume visual content today. We decided to make a bit of a statement. Thus the project was born.

We decided to go all in. One day of shooting. All on film. Crowdfund for the initial film stock … it might work, it might be a disaster. I don’t have fear of such things. The thrill was in the unknown; of not knowing if you got the shot or not; of not knowing if the camera even worked or not. It was a gamble.

It worked.

I gravitate towards cycling for inspiration because I believe it strips away all the artifice of the life we construct and lays us bare. There is no faking success in a bike race and even more so in a cyclocross race. Why race a bike not suited for the terrain at full tilt? Why climb a mountain? The answer is the same. To feel. To suffer. To overcome. To feel accomplished in the end for having finished regardless of result. Film making, like cycling, pushes us to our limits. Artistically it is the most beautiful endeavor there is and I seek to express this.

The choice of Super 8 for this film was, initially, a philosophical one as mentioned earlier, and secondly, an aesthetic one. I grew up with Super 8. I wanted to feel that nostalgia with what I love most. “Cross” is a gritty, dirty, hard activity when the resolution of the moment is not clean at all. It is a natural medium for the sport. Brian Vernor’s “Pure Sweet Hell” showed the way. I wanted to move in a different direction and it became a mediation of the sport and sought this out through the sound design. Additionally, Michael and the brilliant Patrick Means joined me to take stills on film and vintage lenses to add to the aesthetic.

Secondarily, though, I wanted the challenge of film again. When I was young, it was what we had. You clicked, advanced, and clicked again. You didn’t know what you had until days, maybe weeks later. The surprise. The delayed gratification. The evaluation of the shot knowing that each frame costs money. Shooting with digital is an expression of our time: consumable, easy, discard or keep based on whimsy; a lack of intention and evaluation. I needed to divorce myself from this and really evaluate location and framing and movement and, especially, time. I had a finite number of frames to use. I had to use them well. I took 14 cassettes of film – 7 black and white, 7 color –  and went to the most important race in our nation and tested myself.

The result was beyond what I had expected. We all hope you enjoy it.

For More Visit: www.stateofcylocross.com

 

 

Dr Dew Does Madiera

Kona’s legendary Dr Dew recently skipped across the Atlantic with product manager Mark “Donny” Allison to help launch our line of drop bar/gravel bikes to the European media. The setting was the ever-so-scenic island of Madeira- the perfect terrain for Libres, Sutra LTDs, and Roves. We’ll be rolling out reviews from the press as they come in, but for now, please enjoy this recap of riding and local culture by the doctor, himself.

I was aware that I had a work assignment coming up in the second half of October. I would be attending a gravel launch in Madeira with Mark Allison, a.k.a. Donny, Kona’s most junior product manager. As I pondered his recent 21,000 vertical single day achievement, I began to think of the story of the old bull and the young bull only we wouldn’t be walking down the mountain. We met in Vancouver airport and three planes later landed at the Christiano Ronaldo airport in Madeira. Known as the most dangerous airport in Europe it was good to be on terra firma.  Once at the hotel we were warned of the impending hurricane forecast for the next day. I thought back to the plane landing somewhat relieved that our flight had been so smooth. Timing is everything.

The following morning, we awoke to a pleasant hurricane. The brunt of the storm was passing us to the north and we were looking at a promising day with light rain, wind and high seas. After breakfast, we were introduced to the guys from Madeira who would be our guides for the launch. The morning was spent assembling bikes. During the afternoon we weathered the storm and checked out one of the planned rides on the west side of the island. The following day was much the same spent detailing bikes in the morning and riding another trail in the afternoon. Trail guide Joe Sanchez would clear trails and Kona lensman Joonas Vinnari scoping the best photos opportunities. The riding reminded me of California meets Hawaii. It was going to be exciting to have a large group on the ride.

Day one of the launch started at breakfast with introductions. Some of the journalists arrived late and were a bit groggy. Everyone’s spirits were high. Madeira has had good riding reviews lately and everyone was anxious to get on the bikes. After bike assignment, we were shuttled off to the east side of the island. We arrived high in the hills above Machico and had a light rain to contend with. Twisting mountain roads gave way to a modest gravel climb. We ascended up the gravel road until we entered a single track that was part of an old aqueduct system. Banana trees, eucalyptus and sugarcane provided a cover from the wind and rain as we wound our way across the side of the mountain.  About a dozen mountain bikers shot us bewildered expressions as we passed them on our drop bar bikes. After maybe 24 kms of singletrack we came out into dry warm skies and continued onto more twisting roads traversing the mountainside. An exhilarating decent led us to a piazza with great views of the ocean. After a quick traditional lunch, the bikes were loaded into the van and it was off to the west side of the island. The west side had slightly denser vegetation and was the same area where the enduro trails are located. This ride was more open and led into some sweet single track. The single track turned into urban trails and finished with a stunning steep descent down to the ocean. At the beach, we hung at two little Rasta bars. Everyone relaxed and reflected on the day’s riding with beer and poncha. Poncha is Madeira’s traditional drink and can help to cure a cold among other things. One of our guides named Alex had his board shorts and convinced everyone to jump into the Atlantic. As we were bobbing in the Atlantic he gave us some advice. “Go where the current takes you,” and, “The waves come in sets of seven. Don’t panic.” After the swim it was back to the hotel for dinner. Everyone looked content after dinner and we retired soon after. Tomorrow would be an early start.

Donny-not working on his tan.

Day 2 started with a 6:30 breakfast. By 7:15 we were off on our bikes equipped with lights heading to the ferry terminal. A 1.5-hour ferry ride ensued as we headed to the island of Porto Santo. Northeast of Madeira this island makes for a great day trip. Porto Santo “Holy Harbour” has lots of sandy beaches that are sheltered. The stark landscape is a result of feral rabbits that were introduced back in the 1400’s. They decimated the island and left it sparse with vegetation. We set out and really experienced what these bikes are all about. Smooth twisting tarmac got us to the top of the island where we rode off into gravel singletrack that circled the island. Singletrack opened into “German Gravel” that was smooth and fast. The riding was excellent and the views unbelievable. It wasn’t until mid afternoon that we completed the ride down at the beach, exhausted. Lunch was relished. Soon after the lunch Donny, Joe, Henry and Joonas took the journalists to a small airport where Tourism Madeira had them booked on a hopper flight back to Madeira. I settled on a swim with Alex, Jim and Bart before boarding the ferry back with the bikes. At dinner everyone seemed to be glowing. Two good days of riding left everyone feeling content. Most of the journalists were talking about the next time that they would be back to ride. We chose to walk back to the hotel from the old town and enjoy the night air. A lot of journalists had early flights so there was no time for any shenanigans.

For our last day in Madeira we had been invited to play a round of golf at the Palheiro golf club. Despite this tempting offer I graciously declined so that I could spend the bulk of the day riding the bikes and exploring Funchal. Joe was kind enough to take some of the remaining journalists along with Donny and myself on a little tour. Tight cobbled roads, coffee bars, the fish market, old forts were just a few of the spots that we visited. It was like old world meets Hawaii as we finished watching the sun traverse the ocean. As we shared a beer and some beans the journalists were comparing the hours that they had between this launch and their next. I was reminded that this was their work and in fact it was our work as well.

I would like to thank everyone but especially Joe www.bikology.pt and tourism Madeira for their hospitality. Everyone else I hope to thank in person next time I am back in Madeira. Oh yeah there better be a next time.

Bicycling Mag Loves the Hei Hei CR DL

“It can be difficult to find an impressive bike to race on, but trying to find a bike that’s built for racing and handily capable of much more is a grander task—the Kona Hei Hei CR DL is a solution to this search. -Gabriel Lodge, Bicycling

Bicycling Magazine recently took the Hei Hei CR DL out for a spin to test its capabilities on the warm, humid trails of Bentonville, Arkansas. Writer Gabriel Lodge enjoyed the Hei Hei’s innate ability to climb with ease while being pleasantly surprised at how it handled downhill sections- including a jump line he wasn’t intending to hit.

Check out the full review here.

Ready to buy a Hei Hei? Visit your local dealer today or check konaworld.com for purchasing options in your area.

Aggy’s 2018 Rampage Recap

Rampage 2018 has come to a dusty close. This year’s event was packed with big lines, big hits, and big crashes, but thankfully everyone walked away mostly unscathed. For Aggy, it was a test of mettle and proof of what the body can do. With just two weeks cleared of a broken scapula, he put on quite the flow show, riding smooth and giving the crowd a taste of his signature style they know and love.

We caught up with Aggy to get a couple of thoughts after the event.

What part of this year’s Rampage did you find most challenging?

Rampage is a purely mental game. No one truly understands unless they’ve been in those shoes themselves. Having the right people there to remind you of self-discipline and tell me exactly what I need to hear to perform at my best and be my best self, and also keep everyone updated while I entered my zen state for the event. Mathieu Dupelle performed at his highest level as a coach and manager and was the MVP of the event for me.

How did your Scapula hold up with the digging and the riding? 

My scapula held up fine, but day one of digging I went too hard and developed severe tendinitis in my arm just above my wrist. Felt like my arm was broken for a few days and I was barely able to lift a tool with it. Once the sports physio team showed up later in the week they were able to help me keep it at bay so I could hold on tight for the event.

What is one thing you think fans at home need to know that they don’t understand unless they’re there in person?

Everything is much bigger in person and it’s hard to describe what kind of time goes into the build. We worked roughly seven days total, waking up at 5:30 am, eating breakfast and heading to the site…We’d work all day long with taking only a short lunch break on slope and then right back at it until it was dark around 7:30 pm. It was probably between 70-80 h0urs per person over those 7 days.

Who was on your dig team and how do you know them?

Colin Davis was on my dig team and we know each other through Retallack Lodge where he works. We’ve known each other for a few years now and he’s always offered to come help and dig for me at Rampage and this year with only 2 weeks notice I hit him up and he dropped everything to come to join me. We had a great time and he worked as hard as two dudes out there. Key player to the team this year, I really appreciated his hard work and attitude throughout the entire event.

Were you listening to music at the start? 

– I was listening to, A Tribe Called RedElectric Pow Wow Drum.

You were chosen to wear a telemetry monitor. What was that like? It was interesting to see your heart rate. 

I didn’t notice it at all but ya it was really cool to see and hear about what my heart rate was looking like and doing during my run. Sounds like I was pretty chill for what I was doing!

Did you ever consider skipping your second run? What goes through your mind after your first run?

At first, I was considering calling it a day but I wasn’t happy with how I messed up the bottom portion of the run so I really wanted to clean it up. Luckily I had a pretty fun and conserved run so going back up I was almost excited but still a little nervous because there are helicopters and a lot of people watching.

Congrats, Aggy, on a successful mission to the desert!

The State of Cyclocross

Coming soon: The State of Cyclocross! Join Kona bikes at The Kona Bike Shop on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30pm for a screening of LCN-PDX film’s production about all things Cyclocross. We’ll have beer courtesy of Fremont Brewing, a Q&A, and a raffle! Tickets are $5 with 100% of the proceeds going to Cascade Cross.

You’ll be able to check out the latest CX bikes from Kona too!

For full event info, please check out the link on Facebook.

 

 

“State of Cyclocross is about making something that lasts. In an age of mass photography, and an era of select, process, post and forget, we wanted something tangible and lasting. To shoot on film is to be fully present, to evaluate, to prepare, to be patient and to be right. At its heart, this film is a meditation on the sport of cyclocross. It explores its counter-cultural past, its existence today and what needs to be done to sustain it moving forward. As the rapidly growing sport drifts away from its counter-culture roots and begins to become more mainstream, it is developing a bit of an identity crisis: does it stay fringe and true to its roots or does it accept the movement towards professionalism and a more sustainable economic model? Even in the space of time since the film was shot and completed, the ever-changing landscape of Cyclocross has already shifted. Incorporating voiceover by multiple current and former professionals and national champions, it was filmed in Super 8 in a single day in January at the United States Cyclocross National Championships in Reno. Additionally, the film also incorporates still photography as interludes which were also shot that same day using vintage film cameras and legacy lenses.”