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Smile Because It Happened – Helen Wyman Moves On

After nine memorable seasons representing Kona Bicycles at the highest level of the cyclocross discipline, Helen Wyman, World Cup star, multi-time European Champion and British Champion, is moving on to a different program beginning in January 2018. The Dr. Seussian phrase, “don’t be sad that it’s over; be happy that it happened” comes to mind, as Helen moves on while still performing and leading the sport at the height of her career. As of this article, she is ranked 9th in the world. And though Helen’s exit makes room for Kona’s commitment to developing future stars, her successful tenure here will leave a hole worth paying homage to – perhaps a hole the likes of which may not be filled again by a Kona racer.

Helen en route to a bronze medal finish at the 2014 World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands (PC: T. Van Bracht)

Within the last two decades, Kona’s women’s elite cyclocross program, with multiple World Cup podiums and wins, has been its most successful international race program. Dating back to American Anne Knapp in the early 2000s, building with Canadian Wendy Simms in the mid-2000s, Kona’s international cyclocross success was cemented by Helen and her dominant performances from 2009 to present day. We’ll boast for her here: 67 UCI Pro wins in the last 12 years, 9 British National Championships, 3 European Championships, and a bronze medal from the World Championships! But that’s not all.

A cobble to be proud of – holding the coveted trophy of Koppenberg Cross, which Helen first won in 2010.

Helen departs Kona with more than race results. In addition to committing her young adult life to the athletic craft of cyclocross, Helen has leveraged her success to directly influence the future of the sport at a global level. Since 2013 she has served on the UCI Cyclocross Commission where she has been a prodigious voice for equality in sport, including equal pay for women. Helen’s work has led to the development of a U23 women’s category for the World Championships, increases in prize money for women, and has significantly increased the overall World Cup ranking prize purse for both women and men.

Battling reigning World Champion Sanne Cant this November at the Zeven World Cup, where Helen took second place (PC: TFOTO.BE).

“My goals were to equalize the prize money for elite men and women, develop a U23 women’s category and filter through all those rules to make essential changes for the good of the sport. I also wanted to ensure that all professional ‘cross racers have clear, set pathways to ensure they can carry out their sport at the World Cup level,” said Helen in an interview with Cyclocross Magazine.

Helen taking an early-season win at EKZ Cross this October, opening up a streak of top-performances which position her well for a strong showing at the upcoming World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands in February. (PC: EKZ Cross Tour)

Whether it is persisting through the haze of federation policies or the mire of bike racing in winter, Helen is known for her tireless style. The more gnarly the conditions, the more she thrives. Her strengths are in the mud, technical terrain, and the cold. “If I had it my way, ‘cross would start in October and finish in March,” she wrote in her column for Cyclocross Magazine. This is saying something for someone who spends most of the race season in the sunless swards of Belgium. “The queen of mud”, as she has been called, has piloted four iterations of the Major Jake to international fame, from her first win at the prestigious Koppenberg Cross in 2010 (she claimed her fourth win there in 2017), to a bronze medal at the frozen Hoogerheide World Championships in 2014, and many other wins and podium finishes in between.

Be it a wall of stairs, pits of mud, frozen ruts, uphill battles – Helen has taken them on in stride – swiftly, and with a smile. (PC: Bart Raemaekers)

Thus, far short of the novel that might begin to do justice to her time at Kona, we wish the best to Helen and her future pursuits in the sport. We hope she stays true to her word that she will “continue racing until her legs scream no more,” and that she makes others’ legs scream at the front of the World Cup field. We will be there along with her other fans cheering her on and finding inspiration in her successes in sport and beyond.

Helen, we thank you for your commitment to Kona and your world class representation of the sport for the past decade, and wish you the best.

Wyman 3rd in Belgium

Kona cyclocross ringer Helen Wyman finished on the podium at the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Scheldecross in Antwerp, Belgium. After a grueling race on a track riddled with challenging obstacles, Wyman was able to hold off those charing from the behind to take home third place behind Sanne Cant and Katie Compton. Congrats, Helen, on another strong result.

Velonews has the full recap here.

Weekly Wyman Update: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Kona cyclocross racer Helen Wyman had a challenging weekend in Belgium as she crashed in both her events after strong starts. Winter was in full effect making the technical conditions even more challenging. But, as Wyman knows, it’s all a part of the bigger game.

Video recap from Essen:


“It was back to the usual routine of Belgian racing with back to back events over the weekend.  It wasn’t my best weekend, but there were good signs.   After a very heavy training block in Spain I wasn’t expecting to feel too good but actually started both events well.  Frustratingly I managed to crash while in 2nd place in both events and put myself out of contention.  The World Cup series starts again this coming weekend and then we hit the busy Christmas period of racing.”


Video recap from Overijse:

Wyman Wins in Spain!

Going to Spain for some training is a pretty standard event for me, something I’ve been doing for many years.  This season, though, I managed to squeeze a race into the training camp and help put some speed into my legs.  I’m glad to say it went well, with win number 6 now in the books.  Overall it was a good block of training and I’m now back in Belgium and ready for the busy block of races that faces me for December. These races outside of Belgium have become a vital part of this season, with my focus on gaining a higher UCI rank, following last season’s injury.  I’ve moved up to 10th in the world rankings now, which gives me hope of a front row start the World Championships in January.” – Helen Wyman

Helen Wyman Reigns in Spain

Kona Cyclocross racer Helen Wyman’s season just keeps on gaining momentum. This weekend she raced in Spain for the first time and took win number five, a real motivational boost leading into next weeks World Cup.

“Since traveling back from the European Championships, I’ve had time to plan new goals for the second phase of the season. It’s been really good for body and mind to spend some time at home after nine weeks away with an intense racing block of 19 races. Race 20 was my first ever race in Spain, and I’m really happy to have taken the win. Some very strong Spanish riders who perform well at World Cups, as well as two of the best young Dutch riders made it a good race, but I’m happy that in the mud I was able to come out on top. Next up for me a trip to Denmark for the new World Cup, followed by Germany and Belgium. An action-packed few weeks await.” – Helen Wyman

Helen Wyman Wins in Koppenburg

Helen Wyman racked up her fourth win of the CX season on board the redesigned Kona Super Jake this past weekend in Koppenburg, beating out some solid international competition. Her latest CX Diaries video recaps the race and is embedded below, as well a few more photos from the race!

“Winning Koppenberg was a huge thrill. I was over the moon, and loved the battle with Katie Compton, one of the great ever female cross riders. For many years it was my home race, and a part of my heart will always feel that way. Four cobbles is something that will always make me smile, and it sets a target for the young riders to try to catch me. The European Champs were an impressive event, but for me it just kept drying up every hour making a top result out of reach. 8th was the best I could salvage, but 4 wins this season gives me a lot of confidence I’m doing the right things. Next up is a trip to Spain for a C1 race, which amazingly will be the first time I’ve ever raced in Spain. I can’t wait.” Helen Wyman

Kona Cyclocross star Helen Wyman takes her first season win

Kona’s newly redesigned carbon Super Jake found its way onto the top step of of a Swiss podium in the weekend, piloted by legendary Kona CX superstar Helen Wyman. It’s her third podium of the season and sure sign she is back in top form!

“This weekend was a first major European road trip as I got to experience the EKZ Cross Tour for the first time after a long drive to Switzerland. It’s a series I’ve heard a lot about and have wanted to start for a long time. The race was a C1 in Aigle, the home of the UCI, and I’m happy to say to I won. It’s been a year since my last CX win, and it’s a relief, and shows I’m getting back to my pre-accident form. The next big race is the first European World Cup of the season in Koksijde”Helen Wyman

Helen Wyman and the Kona Super Jake Find the Podium in Belgium

Helen Wyman is off to a strong start this season after a broken collarbone dashed her hopes of staying at the top of the European cyclocross pack last year. Riding the new Super Jake, Helen’s picked up her first podium back on European soil after the 2017-2018 World Cup season got started in the US.

Scroll down for Helen’s report from Neerpelt and Gieten, and her quick 1-minute CX Diaries videos from those races.

“A big weekend of racing to get the body back into the European season, I took on two events in Belgium and Holland.  Neerpelt UCI C2, and the first round of the Superprestige series.  I’m happy with the performance and results and it’s always really nice to be on the podium.  Next weekend is another two-race weekend with both events in Belgium this time as we return to the DVV series.”  – Helen Wyman

CX Diaries: Kona Pro Helen Wyman to Produce Short Video Series All Season Long

Words by Helen Wyman.

CX Diaries are my way of bringing you closer to the action as I take on the 2017/18 season. Cyclocross is one of the most accessible forms of cycle sport, but you can’t always be events, so I want you to be able to see the true ups and downs of racing through a professional season in USA and Europe.

This season I’ll be taking on the world’s best riders in the UCI World Cup series as well as key events throughout Europe. Aiming to return to the top 10 of the ranking, my video diaries will be an honest account of my race season and I through them I will give you race updates, technical features and an insight into the life of a pro racer.

After a low-key kick off in Eeklo, Belgium, the season gets serious quickly with back-to-back World Cups in the USA. My race in Eeklo was curtailed with a corner 3 crash. That’s racing, but it was a frustrating start and meant a solo ride for me from nearly 2 minutes down. I rode back into the top 20, before packing the equipment up and taking off for the USA only a few hours later.

The USA campaign kicked off with a UCI C1 event in Iowa City, where I finished 4th, and recorded the first CX Diary, quickly followed up by the second:

Riding the newly released Super Jake, I’m looking to gain progressive results throughout the season, as I put the 2016-17 season of crashes and injuries behind me. I’ll be based in Oudenaarde, Belgium, during the main part of the season, with the European World Cups taking me to Denmark, Germany, Holland, France and of course the CX heartland of Belgium. Czech Republic is the venue for the European Championships, in early November as we build towards the World Championships in January.

Keep up with the CX Diaries series on Helen’s Vimeo page.

Helen Wyman Goes 2nd at UCI C1 CX in Hoogstraten, Belgium

Kona’s Helen Wyman Claims Podium Result in Belgium

Words by Helen Wyman, photos by Marcel Hilger and Kristof Bruers.

It’s hard to believe that’s it’s February and I’m only just getting into my first weekend of races in Belgium; it was great to be back however. Saturday we raced in Lille, which is full of sand and if I’m honest I don’t really like sand. So I was thrilled the weekend was a doubleheader and I got to race in the mud of Hoogstraten on Sunday.

Helen - Hoogstraten - Credit Kristof Bruers

My “incident” in October has set me back in the World Ranking, so the start of the race is a new challenge for me now, coming through traffic, albeit world class traffic. Ellen van Loy got her trademark rocket fast start making it all the harder to get back in contention, but after a couple of laps I was moving through and picking up spots. I got on the back of the Katie Compton Express, direction finish line, held on for grim death, then we started to see the next riders.

Highlights Video: 

Passing the greatest rider ever, Marianne Vos, kind of gives you wings. Then I passed the World Champion, Sanne Cant, and the podium was on. I had young gun Maud Kaptheijns chasing me down, but I wanted 3rd. I wanted to finish the season with something to remember aside from disaster. With only 300 metres to go, Maud passed me, but I immediately passed back, and we saw Ellen on the final running section. That was it, I went into Usain Bolt mode, and pushed my tired legs to catch Ellen and pass her for second on the line.


I’m not back to where I could have been, but I’m certainly further forward than predicted. I’m back racing wheel for wheel with the worlds best. I can now look forward to next season with excitement and anticipation.


1 – Sophie de Boer
2 – Helen Wyman
3 – Ellen van Loy
4 – Sanne Cant
5 – Maud Kaptheijns
27 – Amira Mellor

Event – Superprestige Hoogstraten 5 February 2017

Keep up with Helen on Twitter and Instagram.

Introducing Amira Mellor and Team NEXT Wyman – Kona

Long time Kona Factory rider Helen Wyman is a fixture in the international cyclocross scene. With nine UK National Championships and two European titles to her name, she’s well decorated. Sitting on the UCI Cyclocross Commission, she is steering the direction of the sport, advocating for positive change and gender balance. And, beginning this year, Helen is formally passing on her experience through the NEXT Wyman – Kona development team.

The NEXT Wyman project was conceived by Helen as a way to help young racers bridge the gap between regional success and international competition. Making the jump from local races to the international scene is filled with logistical hurdles of travel and transport in addition to the expected challenges of competition such as training programs and nutrition.

C33A9745Long time Kona Factory team rider Helen Wyman.

C33A9765Team NEXT Wyman – Kona rider Amira Mellor.

Helen’s passion for her chosen discipline aligns with her desire to keep young women in the sport despite the additional challenges of going pro, and that’s where the NEXT Wyman project came from. Drawing on Helen’s career of international racing experience, the NEXT Wyman project aims to fast-track racers, helping with all of the little things that pop up day-to-day – so racers can focus more on racing, and less on logistics.

Here at Kona we were on board from the beginning: while Helen’s racing success is noteworthy, she is an ambassador for cycling in general and we’re happy to support her in this next phase of her career, where personal success and experience leads naturally into mentorship.

Practice day prior to the World Cup race in Namur, Belgium.

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Getting prepped to race.

angus-sung-amira-natsFocus on the start line ahead of a silver medal performance at the 2017 UK under-23 National Championships. Photo: Angus Sung.

For the 2016-2017 cyclocross season, team NEXT Wyman – Kona brought on its first rider: former British Junior National Cyclocross Champion Amira Mellor. Over the season, we’ve seen Amira race in both the United States and throughout Europe, take her first victory in a UCI Cyclocross race, and land on the podium with a strong second place finish in the under-23 British Cyclocross National Championships.

UK Nationals - Credit Angus Sung - 2Amira on a classic ‘cross run-up at the 2017 UK National Championships. Photo: Angus Sung.

UK Nationals - Credit Angus Sung - 13UK National Championships. Photo: Angus Sung.

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In the familiar mud and muck of the UK. Photo: Craig Zadoroznyj.

NovaCross - Huw Williams 1Amira en route to her first UCI race win at NovaCross. Photo: Huw Williams.

Amira Mellor - NovaCross - Craig ZadoroznyjHard work paying off for Amira Mellor at NovaCross. Photo: Craig Zadoroznyj.

With a successful season of international racing under its belt, the NEXT Wyman project has great momentum. The next step for both Amira and Helen is representing their shared homeland of Britain at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on January 28-29, 2017.

Keep up with Helen, Amira, and team NEXT Wyman – Kona:

Amira Mellor on Twitter and Instagram.
Helen Wyman on Twitter and Instagram.
Team NEXT Wyman on Twitter and Instagram.

Amira’s cyclocross weapon, the Kona Jake the Snake CR.

Matched to the NEXT Wyman kit.

C33A9627Kona hearts ‘cross.

Kona’s Amira Mellor 2nd at UK CX Nationals, Selected for UK Worlds Team Along with Helen Wyman

Kona riders Amira Mellor and Helen Wyman have both been selected to represent the UK at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on January 28-29, 2017. Amira’s performance over the past few weeks shows the hard work of training under Helen and team NEXT Wyman – Kona paying off at the culmination of the international cyclocross season.

The UK National Championships were held this past weekend in Bradford, England. Following her first UCI victory the week previous, Amira went into the race confident, although the addition of the current World Under-23 Champion to the start list added a new dimension.

angus-sung-amira-natsAmira focused on the start line at UK Nationals, ahead of her silver medal performance. Photo: Angus Sung.

The grassy course at Peel Park had plenty of elevation change to sting the legs and the previous week’s rain had ensured it was a muddy and slippery event. A good start was followed by a frustrating half lap as Amira was caught behind some crashes. Ffion James and current U23 World Champion Evie Richards moved clear leaving Amira with a hard chase to get back in contention.

“I never really got an opportunity to see what I could do against Evie, which is frustrating, but to be honest, I don’t think she was beatable today. It was a tough lap to get back to Ffion, and from there my focus had to be on getting 2nd.  It’s great to get the silver medal; it’s a confidence boost ahead of the last World Cup and Worlds. It’s a big step forward from last season and shows the hard work is paying off.” – Amira Mellor

Amira and Helen are back to training mode in France, preparing for one more race before heading to Luxembourg to race alongside Kona teammate Kerry Werner. Follow Helen, Amira, team NEXT Wyman – Kona, and Kerry on Instagram as they make their way to the UCI Worlds in Luxembourg.