Kona Quebec

Kona Quebec Grassroots CX Rider Laurie Arseneault Wins Twice in one Weekend

Switching discipline isn’t an easy task. When local Quebec athlete Laurie Arseneault got into Cyclocross as an attempt to stay competitive in the cross-country offseason, we couldn’t have known just how tough she would be.

Between the rain, ankles injuries, school, and work, she proved everybody that she is one tough woman and that nothing can get in her way.

Laurie has made her way to the podium a few times during this CX season, but this weekend at the 7th and 8th rounds of the Série de CycloCross Maglia Rosa, everything came together, not only did she take the win at Saturday’s Round 7 event, she went back the next day with her Jake the Snake and won her second gold medal at Round 8.

With only three races to wrap up this season, she sits firmly on the second step of the overall Elite women in the provincial championship.

Allez Laurie !!

Photos: @judjudjud

Introducing the Kona Quebec CX Team supported by La Cordée. 

#crossiscoming is a hashtag we see everywhere leading into cross season, and there is good reason to get excited about it. Cross has run in the Kona veins since day one: it’s part of our DNA and is not only incredibly addictive to participate in but it’s highly exciting to watch.

For the 2017 season, we are supporting, along with La Cordée, a grassroots team of two young riders from Quebec, Canada who are eager to play in the mud – and to try and survive the snowy months ahead of us.

20-year-old Laurie Arseneault is our new addition to our Kona Quebec Cross Country and ‘Cross Team. Laurie was the the 2015 Junior Canadian XC Champion, so she knows what racing is all about! Over the next couple of months, she will be throwing a leg over her Jake The Snake for the CX season and will compete with the Elite women. Follow her on Instagram at @laulouche1.

Emile Robillard is 21 years old and one hell of an enduro rider. He’s also trail builder, instructor and race planner, the list goes on. He’s been racing enduro all summer and working year-round taking care of trails at the local hill north of Montreal. He will get his blood pumping while racing the Elite Men’s category aboard his Jake the Snake (all while wearing baggy shorts!). You can follow him on Instagram at @emilerobillard.

The season in Quebec started this past weekend and will go on until the end of October, so if you are around la belle province over the next few weekends, stop by the races and the Kona tent, ring a cowbell in support of the team, share a drink or two and make as much noise as possible.

See you there.

Photos by Judicael Aspirot.