Lacy Kemp

Time Travel Through the Olympic Peninsula

Words and Images by ambassador Lita Monaghan.

I recently embarked on a multi-day bike ride with an amazing group of women cyclists, as well as my husband, “The Eric,” who provided luxury SAG during the ride.  The route took us not only on a tour around the Olympic Peninsula but also took us back in time, sharing a bit of history of the various places we encountered along the way.  My customized 2019 Kona Libre turned time machine served as the perfect instrument for this little bit of time travel.

On Day 1, everyone met at my house, loaded up the van with our gear, and then we departed from Fircrest, WA.  Fun fact:  Fircrest, incorporated in 1925, was the last “dry” town in the state, which prohibited the sale of alcohol by the glass.  Fortunately, in the November 2015 election, voters overwhelmingly overturned the law. A lesser-known fun fact: The back of the van may or may not have been equipped with a wine refrigerator!

We stopped for lunch at Manchester State Park, a 111-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rich Passage in Puget Sound.  The Eric provided a white linen vegetarian lunch buffet while we enjoyed beautiful views of the water. Fun fact: The picnic shelter was a former torpedo warehouse, built-in 1901, built to protect the shipyards at Bremerton.

We spent the first night of our ride in Union, WA, a small community that lies along the southern shore of Hood Canal, at an area known as “the Great Bend.”  We stayed at quaint cabins at the Robin Hood Village and Restaurant, built in 1934 by a Hollywood set designer that had worked on the classic Robin Hood film.  Fun fact:  Robin Hood’s star, Errol Flyn, was an early visitor of the Robin Hood Village and Restaurant.

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Day 2 of riding was a nice, mostly flat spin, taking in the views as we rode along Hood Canal.  We stopped for lunch at the Hama Hama Oyster Saloon, an outdoor restaurant flanked by old-growth forest and the west shore of Hood Canal at the mouth of Lilliwaup Creek. Fun fact: Hama Hama started out as a logging company in the 1890s and is now a fifth-generation family-run shellfish farm.

At the conclusion of the ride on Day 2, we loaded up our bikes and drove to Port Angeles to spend the night.  The next morning, Day 3 of our ride, would come too soon as Hurricane Ridge was our next big challenge, destination: 5,420 feet.  Olympic National Park is nearly a million acres and hosts several distinct ecosystems from glacier-capped mountains to old-growth temperate rain forests to miles of coastline, and is home to Hurricane Ridge.  


Hurricane Ridge is named for its whipping gales and winds, which can exceed 70mph.  Fortunately, when we reached the top, it was calm and almost achingly scenic. Much of the Olympic National Park could be viewed from the Hurricane Ridge viewpoint, which we thoroughly enjoyed in between cheering each other on as folks arrived to the top at their own paces.  Fun fact: Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard opened in 1958 and is one of the few lift service ski areas located inside a U.S. national park.

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Continuing the theme of natural diversity in Olympic National Park, we settled into Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort for an evening of relaxation and recuperation after the day’s long climb.  A dip in the hot springs, as well as the bone-chilling Sol Duc river, helped flush the lactic acids out of our tired legs. Lack of cell service and internet made for a perfect evening, reliving the day’s accomplishment under a perfect pitch-black sky dotted with millions of stars. Fun fact:  The name, Sol Duc, is a Native American term meaning “sparkling water” and its namesake, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, was originally built in 1912.

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The ride for Day 4 was a “downhill” ride and a much welcome route after a few days of riding.  We rode along several parts of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 130-mile trail comprised of road and more than half on multi-use path. The ten-mile stretch along Mary Clark Road engulfed us in thick, luscious green forest and nothing but the sounds of our cranks turning and laughter from the stories we shared.  The ODT It is a must-do!

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We finally reached our destination at Rialto Beach, located on the Olympic Peninsula near the mouth of the Quillayute River.  The skies were blue and we were serenaded by the sounds of crashing waves. This lesser-known beach has breath-taking views of offshore islands known as sea stacks with plenty of seating on giant drift logs all along the rocky shoreline.  Fun fact: The beach was named after, Claude Alexander Conlin, a famous magician of the Rialto theater chain. Conlin had a home at the beach in the 1920s until it burned in the 1930s.

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Planning, organizing, executing, and riding in a multi-day ride with a group of diverse women provided memories and bonds that will last a lifetime.  This trip flew by and now we can’t wait to do another multi-day ride again next year! My time machine awaits…

Process 134 Named a Hottest 2020 Trail Bike

Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) magazine has just announced their top 10 hottest trail bikes for 2020 and the Process 134 CR DL was named a top pick.

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“Same travel as the old Process 134, but the latest version now rolls on 29in wheels. Updated geometry and suspension make for a seriously capable trail bike.” -MBR UK

You can read the full story here, and also check out MBR’s original review of the 134 here.

Lost and Found in the Mountains of Madrid

Words and photos by Ambassador Clara Cendoya Ibanez

Yuhuuu!!

Warm time, rain, mud party!! 

It is a shame that summer is gone… There are so many happy times and a lot of free time we both have! I am back in school, a little bit lazy but a lot of illusion. I love seeing the faces of my students starting a new adventure of learnings and fun times. We will miss the sun, the longest days, swimming pools, the sea, river baths… and of course, the bike parks!!! But… Voilá!! The wet terrain that we are expecting, the smell of the humidity, autumn grip!! Here it is!! I am so excited to go out and ride my Process through all the trails full of new feelings and sensations. 

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Here, in the northwest region of Madrid, well, actually in most parts of Spain—during the summer the mountains where we usually ride are less attractive, a bit dry and dusty and yellow-colored. Of course, they have their own charm, but there is nothing better than enjoying them after a big rain. 

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Now is the time to disappear and go find yourself. 

I love taking my Process to go to the mountain. The silence… Then hearing signals that the environment sends me. Different sounds that tell the weather and change of the seasons.

Stop in a beautiful meadow at the top with amazing views and sit down for a bit, enjoying all those sensations, to meditate and practice Yoga. This is my moment, that moment when I got lost, that I get rid of and scape off the stress, routine and noises of the everyday. And I find myself. 

It is my time.

All Time F All Time

Peter Wojnar is no stranger to the Kona family. His camera skills have helped us bag crazy cool shots on multiple shoots and his gimbal skills are second to none. Woj wanted to take a step back into his filming education and try his hand at the self-shot technique. With that, he produced this clean, moody video from his local trails in Squamish, all while riding his Process 153 CR DL 29er. Nice one, Woj!

If you’d like to learn more about his filming process, be sure to check out the full article on Pinkbike.

Lost and Found in Dreams

Photos // Ambassador Alex Luise. Rider // Ambassador Simone Medici.

“To find oneself again one must have the right balance
between the forces of the unconscious mind and those of the conscious mind.”
-Matteo Mainetti

Alex Luise

“Get lost and find yourself, like in a dream. To leave and then return, as in a journey. Explore new spaces and environments, where real mixes with surreal, to let your imagination wander. On the first day of autumn, summer is already a memory, but the mind still struggles to accept it. A dream, a pool without swimmers, where the algae have taken away water transparency, like the summer memories that become more and more blurred.” -Alex Luise

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Alex and Simone took our Lost & Found theme and went to crazy extremes to bring their vision to life. Here are just a few of the photos, but be sure to check the full photo story on WeLoveToRide.com.

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Please check out Alex and Simoni’s full story at Welovetoride.com.

Colt Fetter’s Custom Wozo

Kona Ambassador Colt Fetters is big on adventure biking. When it came time for him to choose a bike, he opted for the Wozo. The bigger tires and carrying capabilities were exactly what he needed for adventures in the desert or snow. Colt also modified the bike to be able to carry all of his gear: pack rafts, skis—you name it!

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Bikepacking.com has done a cool in-depth review of Colt’s bike. Give it a look!

The Honzo Time Machine

Words and photos by Ambassador Ryan Gardner.

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It’s been a long time since I started showing up to my first ever cross-country races on my early-2000’s Kona Stuff. Back then I raced in skate shoes, a bucket helmet, and baggies, and my bike was a conglomerate of borrowed parts. Yet, it was those early local races and barely functioning bikes that hooked me on the buzz of racing and the good fun you can have on two wheels. These days bikes like my Process 153 are made of space plastic, have brakes that work, and suspension that makes all but the rowdiest trails feel like a bike path. Don’t get me wrong, I really like having bikes that make going fast easy. It’s downright awesome and kind of the point of racing. Maybe it’s the pace of life right now, or maybe nostalgia, but coming into the Downieville Classic this year I was suddenly struck with the urge to turn back the clock and kick it old school. I wasn’t quite ready to kick all the way back to skate shoes and flat pedals, but my no-nonsense, all-aluminum Honzo that’s usually relegated to after-work rides seemed like the perfect time machine to bring me back to the early days.

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Similarly, Downieville is the perfect destination for heading into the past. The rocky trails of the classic were once cut by industrious gold miners and the town hasn’t changed all that much since. A great bike, a favorite destination, and a classic race, the stoke was at an all-time high.

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Now, Downieville isn’t a standard XC race. The “XC” starts with a 40-something minute climb from Sierra City to Packer Saddle. The hardtail shined out of the gate and as the pre-race jitters worked their way out and I worked my way through the crowd I congratulated myself on how awesome an idea it was to race the Honzo! Fast! Responsive! Awesome.

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These feelings continued even as the sun beat down and the arduous climb sapped the power from my legs. This was all to be expected. It’s Downieville after all. But as the trail left fire road and entered singletrack, I realized that the areas where I usually rest now took a lot of energy. Rocks and braking bumps continued to wear me down until I found myself thinking that it was an absolutely terrible idea to race Downieville on a hardtail. I pushed on, and after hitting some of the smoother faster sections of the course, my morale improved, but the beating continued. Turns out, there is a reason most people don’t race hardtails anymore, especially at Downieville. By the end, I started thinking about an old friend who wore a kidney belt when he was riding and that I sort of wished I had one. Crossing the finish line and collapsing into a folding chair was a thing of beauty. I may not have put down my fastest time, but I held my own and even passed some fancy space-plasticky-fully-suspended bikes in the process.

After the race ends, everyone convenes at the confluence of those once gold-filled streams, cracks open a beer and settles in for some much-needed leg icing and river jump spectating.

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That leg icing is absolutely key because that’s just day 1! The next day was the downhill and another 50 minutes of kidney rattling. Making it through the weekend with no mechanicals, no cramping, solid finishes, and heaps of type 2 fun was exactly the result I was hoping for. I even had some extra time for a few meditative casts and hooking up with a few small Yuba trout, about the only shiny thing I’ve yet to see in these rivers. My trip on the Honzo time machine was, in all honesty, a little rougher than expected, but the destination was exactly what I hoped for—a trip back to simpler time amidst a seeming ever more complex world. It’s nice to know that type of escape still exists and its always just a few pedal strokes away. 

The Remote 160: Chapters

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There’s no denying the fact that electric bikes are here to stay. At Kona, we believe in bikes—all bikes. When we sat down to figure out the best way to ride as much as possible while having as much fun as possible, the result became clear: make an electric bike that rides just like a Process. The result is the brand new Remote 160.

Electric bikes are something different for everyone. Whether you’re just looking to ride farther, a busy parent trying to squeeze in a ride during a hectic schedule, a pro athlete using the bike for training, or someone who’s been given a second chance at riding after illness or injury, the Remote 160 is the perfect tool to get you out and rolling around on very your favorite trails.

Based on our award-winning Process platform, the Remote 160 is the ultimate enduro E-bike. Powered by Shimano’s natural-feeling E8000 drive unit, the Remote 160 will get you deeper into the woods, more laps on your favorite trail, and more miles under your belt. Featuring 160mm travel front and rear with a RockShox Lyrik Select fork and Super Deluxe trunnion shock, SRAM Code R brakes with 200mm rotors, and a SRAM GX/NX 12-speed drivetrain, the Remote 160 is a performance-based machine ready for big adventures.

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Product manager Trevor Porter discusses the design of the new Remote 160.
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The Remote 160 is powered by the Shimano E8000 motor.

160mm of front and rear travel is supplied by a RockShox Lyrik Select fork and Super Deluxe shock.

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Process-inspired geometry makes for a fun, lively ride across all terrain.

The available Remote 160 colors vary slightly by region. In North America, it is available in grey, in Europe, both grey and seafoam, and everywhere else in the word in seafoam. For more information, check Konaworld.com or check with your local dealer.

Lost and Found on the Celtic Cross Trail

Words and photos by Ambassador Tim Wiggins.

It wasn’t until I was lost for strength, in a strange hotel on the most remote west coast of Ireland; having just ridden 214 kilometres through the worst storm I could imagine (fourteen hours of a Force 9 headwind!), that I finally found the strength to admit defeat. I sat on the bed with a JetBoil full of pasta — too tired and late for the restaurant, and looked at options to re-route myself away from the Wild Atlantic Way — this time, it was just a bit too wild. The helplessness of being devoid of strength or a desire to continue was overruled by a passion to keep bike riding. I re-routed. I found sunshine, beautiful mountains, ice-cream, tailwinds, and burritos… great things come to those that want to find it.

To read about Tim’s adventure in its entirety, please check out Life in the Saddle.


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Tim’s complete kit consisted of:
Luggage and Camp Kit
Rhinowalk Waterproof Panniers
Rhinowalk Waterproof Frame Bag
Rhinowalk Waterproof Saddlebag
Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW Lightweight Tent
Rab Mythic 400 Down Sleeping Bag
Vaude Sleeping Pad
Vaude Thermal Seat Cushion
Rab Oblique Lightweight Casual Shorts
Rab Proton Superlight Down Jacket
GripGrab Merino Tee
Microfibre Towel
Flipflops
OverBoard Waterproof Bags (reviewed here)
JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System

Riding Kit
Sportful Super Giara Bib Shorts
Sportful Fiandre Light Bib Shorts
GripGrab Ultralight Climber’s Jersey
GripGrab 3-Season Base Layer
GripGrab Ultralight Mesh Base Layer
Sportful Stelvio Waterproof Jacket
Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jacket
GripGrab AquaRepel Arm Warmers
GripGrab AquaRepel Leg Warmers
GripGrab RaceAqua X Overshoes
GripGrab Merino Lightweight SL Socks x 2
GripGrab Solara Cycling Gloves
GripGrab CloudBurst Waterproof Gloves
GripGrab Cycling Cap
GripGrab HeadGlove
Smith Optics Overtake Helmet
Scicon AeroTech Sunglasses
Giro Code TechLace MTB Shoes (with SoleStar Insoles)
Black Mamba Latex Gloves (added waterproofing)

Wash Kit
Sportique Chamois Cream
Baby Wipes
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Suncream
Mosquito Repellent
Soap Bar
Razor

Electronics and First Aid
Thule Atmos X4 Phone Case
Goal Zero Venture30 PowerBank
Petzl Headtorch
Altuvita Cycling Phone Wallet
LifeSystems Micro First Aid Kit
Wahoo ELEMNT Bike Computer [reviewed here]
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT Bike Computer [reviewed here]
Exposure Lights Six Pack Front Light (doubles as a power bank)
NiteRider 850 Micro Front Light
Exposure Lights Blaze Rear Light
NiteRider Sentinel 250 Rear Light
Charging cables in waterproof bag

Tool Kit
Spare 28c Tyre
LifeLine Inner Tube x3
Lezyne Lever Patch Puncture Repair Kit
Lezyne Tyre Boot
Chain Links x2
Lezyne RAP14 Multitool
Gerber Suspension Multitool
SRAM Inner Gear Cable (spare)
Pedal Cleat and Bolts (spare)
Smoove Chain Lube
Lezyne Road Drive Pump
Cable Ties
Spare Brake Pads
Black Mamba Workshop Gloves
Vel Contingency Derailleur Hanger
Spare Bolts (various sizes)
Gorilla Tape
Insulation Tape

Bike – Kona Rove Titanium Custom Build
The Kona Rove was my bike of choice for the #7Countries7Passes tour and the #RoadsFromRome. The bike is fitted with a rear pannier rack, SRAM 1X drivetrain, and Tune Dreckschleuder 700C wheels.

Total weight (with empty bottles and no stove fuel): 22.5 Kilograms

Time to Travel: A Rad Bike Adventure

Kona Ambassador Ryan Lindsay Bartz has been on an around-the-world adventure aboard her Sutra. she put together this cool little video of some of her favorite places she’s been so far.

“The first 6 months of a trip around the world consolidated into 3 minutes. Just a little ride through time with my two best friends (my partner and my bike!).”

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