Endurance Team

Imaginary Domination Under the Eye of Stravaman

After suffering a mishap 15-miles in to a 54-mile day, Adventure Team rider Spencer Paxson shares his experience of what possessed him to keep riding real hard through the forests of the Black Hills.  

On the penultimate day of March, spring seemed preterm in the Black Hills (Capitol Forest) outside of Bordeaux, WA. Just shy of 200 bike riders gathered in the chilly, misty fields of the Evergreen Sportmen’s Club, set at the edge of the forest. Named for its border with the Black River, which is named for the “dark water” of Black Lake, the woods of the Black Hills did not hide their sinister nature. Indeed, the Eye of Stravaman loomed over all who pedaled through.

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Bordeaux, WA circa March 1903. Not much has changed except that there are bicycle races here on the weekends.

This was the sophomore year of the Cascadia Super G, put on by the Race Cascadia crew, which is best known for its regionally popular Cascadia Dirt Cup Series. This event was intended as a blend of enduro-meets-road-racing, or what these days we popularize as “gravel racing”.  At 9:30am we set out on a 54-mile course (shortened by 1 mile due to logging activity) to see just how we would fare. Unfortunately, the enduro timing system (which was supposed to record special downhill segments along the way) had been stuck in customs, so aside from the clock ticking at the finish line, we were all left with the Eye of Stravaman to decide the (unofficial) champion of the “race within the race”.

They say few can endure its terrible gaze, but for better or worse, with the Eye staring down, it didn’t matter so much when I suffered a nasty gash in my sidewall just 15 miles in, which I proceeded to have trouble fixing. After a few false starts of plugs, CO2s, boots, pumps, and even a nice helping hand who pulled over to see that I was alright (thank you, kind Sir!) I had lost around 18min. The race was rightly over, so it was time to go in to TT mode and let the Eye see what I was made of.

Blazing through moody clearcut vistas and spooky woods, I got to say hello again to most of my fellow bike racers who had passed me while I dealt with my mishap. For the next two hours I carried on with the Computer of Power weighing ever heavier on my handlebar. Lured by the Eye, I saw just how fast I could sustain.

With cracks beginning to show at the seams, I crossed the finish line a bit over 3 hours since I’d left it. According to the the clock I was 5th, but according to the Eye, I’d logged the fastest times on the major climb and descent segments. Be that as it may, the Eye grants no real dominion, only imaginary domination. And thus the ride was done and we left the Black Hills behind for another go some other day.

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Racing against myself after getting rolling again…flat-out from mile 15 to 54.

Relive ‘Morning Ride’

 

Spring petals and pastels. Super Jake dressed pre-race like it was ready for an Easter egg hunt (it was Easter Weekend).

Super Jake with CX/MTB gearing combo (46/36 front, 11-40 rear) was the ride of choice for the 2018 Cascadia Super G

Super Jake, super gravel style. It was just an unlucky matter of physics and statistics (okay, and probably rider error!) that got the better of an otherwise burly tire setup.

The Computer of Power, displaying some heavy numbers from the day. It was “flat out” despite “flatting out”.

Crown Town

Introducing the 2017 Kona Bikes Pro Teams

For 2017 the Kona pro team roster has expanded. As with years past we have two distinct teams in the Kona family, and in 2017 both of these teams have had their scope expanded to include a wider range of athletes and events. Our 2017 Team pages feature an interview with each rider with some serious and some not-so-serious questions, a gallery of images, and links to their media on the Cog blog.

Kona Endurance / Adventure Team

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The Kona Endurance and Adventure Team returns for 2017 ready to continue its global reputation for two-wheeled excellence. From gravel grinders to cyclocross, marathon adventures to pure, hard-core cross-country, and the ever-popular enduro, it’s all good, all of the time.

The 2017 Kona Endurance and Adventure Team brings incredible young talent to the races with Rhys Verner, Amira Mellor and Kerry Werner. Combined with the veteran squad of Spencer Paxson, Kris Sneddon, Cory Wallace, Barry Wicks, and Helen Wyman, the team is set to turn heads and nail down podiums around the world.

Meet the 2017 Kona Endurance / Adventure Team.

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Kona Gravity / Enduro Team

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For 2017 Kona is supporting athletes in both gravity and enduro disciplines. From the Enduro World Series to the Downhill World Cup to freeride, our riders are pushing the limits of the sport. Take three of Australia’s fastest downhillers, a quick junior downhiller, a big mountain specialist hailing from Canada, and four fast enduro riders stepping up from our Super Grassroots program, and you’ve got the makings of one of the world’s most exciting mountain bike teams.

With the podium contending skills of Connor Fearon, Josh Button, Tegan Molloy, and Anthony Poulson on the World Cup DH circuit, Graham Agassiz at Rampage and on the big screen, and Ryan Gardner, Scott Countryman and siblings Jonathan and Leah Maunsell holding down all things enduro, big things are happening with Kona’s Gravity and Enduro team in 2017.

Meet the 2017 Kona Gravity / Enduro Team.

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Kona’s Cory Wallace Wins the Highest Mountain Bike Race on Earth

Kona Endurance Team rider Cory Wallace became the first foreign rider to win Nepal’s Yak Attack stage race in its 10-year history. We’re looking forward to hearing about the marathon mountain bike race specialist’s grueling ten days on the bike above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) elevation when he returns to civilization. For now, we say congratulations to Cory on an accomplishment that has been a long time coming!

Follow Cory Wallace on his blog and on Instagram.

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