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All The Ladies in the Place…

Today is International Women’s Day. While we think it’s fantastic to honor women and what they’ve brought to the sport, we think it’s important to do this every day—and not just on this one day. Kona is fortunate to have an amazing crew of women woven throughout the fabric of our brand, both internally and externally. Here are a few of the women that we’re proud to call family.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Jackie Goodall, Cristina Callahan, Jen Studer, Myra Schimscal, and Angela Staton

In the House!

If Kona were actually a bicycle, it’s safe to say that women are the drivetrain. Our administrative team is made up almost entirely of women. They do our finances, our forecasting, work directly with our factories, ensure all vendors are paid and keep the money coming in. Without our administrative team, we’d be nothing but a run bike, and run bikes don’t climb mountains very easily. A huge shout out to Jen Studer (who very seriously runs the show), Katie Lowe, Jackie Goodall, Cristina Callahan, Angela Staton, Debbie Smith, Willie Edwards and Myra Schimscal.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG When Katie Lowe isn’t busy invoicing, she’s out riding with her pup, Piper!
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Amanda Bryan

Outside of administration, we’ve got some big personalities in sales and marketing with Amanda Bryan and Lacy Kemp. Amanda is our territory manager for D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, W. Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and helped start the Kona Supremes team. Lacy Kemp, our Communications Manager, spends her time at Kona and outside of Kona writing everything. She’s also pretty addicted to riding her Process as much as possible.

Around the Globe!

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Shelly Flood

We are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of women in biking beyond the walls of Kona’s offices and are proud to have top-notch women headlining our race teams. Miranda Miller kicks off her enduro season this weekend in Windrock, TN. The Canadian downhill World Champion brings style, personality, and speed to every track she his. Along with Miranda, our enduro program features Aussie pinner Shelly Flood who corners better than you, and Bellingham’s Hannah Bergemann, who can go head to head in a game of B.I.K.E. against anyone and have a damn good shot at winning.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Miller Time!
Kerry Werner | KONA COG Becca Fahringer

And, just because it’s not cyclocross season doesn’t mean we forget about the super strong women that flew the Kona flag this year. Rebecca Fahringer had her strongest pro season yet as part of the Kona Maxxis Shimano CX team, finishing with a 16th place at World Championships. Additionally, the Team S&M CX out of Portland is a powerhouse women’s cyclocross team that had massive success on the circuit this year, including a national championship by Clara Honsinger. It’s safe to say women’s CX is growing at a strong rate, and we are proud to be a part of that story.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Ambassador Ryan Lindsey Bartz

Beyond the race tape, we’re proud to support women from all around the globe as a part of our Kona Ambassador program. We have been blown away by the contributions of these women over the past couple of months and are so excited to see what they have in store! The women ambassadors are artists, world travellers, engineers, scientists, teachers, and activists. Some race professionally, some are major community stewards, while some are breaking barriers on inclusivity in sports. They all have one thing in common, they’re all badass women that exemplify progression in the sport and show a true passion for cycling.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Ambassador Brooklyn Bell

On behalf of all of us at Kona, we salute you all for being a part of our family! Happy International Women’s Day!