Gideon Bender

New Kona Talent Headed to 2018 MTB World Championships

This week, Gideon Bender and Scott Funston of the Kona Junior Factory Team were named to the US Team to represent their country at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships! That’s 50% of the Kona Junior Factory team who has qualified for Worlds! Add the other members Calder Wood who (along with Scott) represented at last year’s cyclocross world champs, and Layton Meyers who was the reigning 2017 Enduro National Champ and is headed to this year’s EWS Enduro in Whistler, it’s impressive company they hold.

Gideon will compete in the Junior Downhill event, while Scott will compete in the Junior Cross Country event. Worlds will take place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland September 5-9. Both riders are graduates from the celebrated RAD Racing development program founded by Pacific Northwest legend and Kona friend Jim Brown. And for an even deeper Kona connection, for 2018, Gideon has been coached and mentored by Kona veteran Spencer Paxson.

Join us in congratulating these boys on their realization of this tremendous accomplishment, making it to their first mountain bike world championships. It is an opportunity of opening even more doors for the future, and given their talent displayed so far, we hope this is the first of several! Have fun and race hard, Scott and Gideon!

Jim Brown

Scott Funston

Gideon Bender

Gideon Bender