Kona Team

Announcing the 2018 Kona Roster!

AGGY, FEARON, VERNER, WALLACE, WERNER HEADLINE KONA'S 2018 ROSTER

Spring is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: bike season is near! We’re excited to kick things off by announcing our 2018 roster, which is chock full of speed, talent, and creativity, ensuring an exciting and memorable season.

KONA GRAVITY TEAM 2018

On the gravity side Connor Fearon will be flying the Kona colors at the 2018 downhill World Cup races, set to kick off in Croatia in April. Connor will be running the Operator as he attempts to climb atop the podium throughout the season’s seven races. Also returning is legendary Kona athlete
Graham Agassiz. Whoever said, “freeride is dead,” clearly never rubbed elbows with Aggy and friends. Aggy’s goals for 2018 are to continue to push the limits of what’s possible on a bike, ride as many wild lines as possible, and create some interesting content.

The gravity team is rounded out by North Shore standout Caleb Holonko, and downhillers
Josh Button of Australia, and Anthony Poulson from Quebec.

KONA GLOBAL ENDURO TEAM 2018

New for 2018 is the Kona Global Enduro Team. The Global Enduro Team will compete in races throughout the world, including the EWS. Squamish ripper Rhys Verner, who saw strong results in 2017 will be leading the EWS charge alongside Ireland’s multi-national champion Leah Maunsell. Verner and Maunsell are joined by Swede Alexander Kangas and Americans Ryan Gardner and Scott Countryman.

KONA ENDURANCE TEAM 2018

Keeping the spirit of fun alive is the major goal of Kona’s Endurance and Adventure Team. Personality and talent run deep with this crew, and a good time is never far away. With 24 Hour Solo World Champion Cory Wallace in the mix, big races, and bigger challenges are sure to unfold. Finishing in 3rd place at US cyclocross nationals, Kerry Werner is back and ready to challenge for the top step of the podium. Americans Barry Wicks and Spencer Paxson are always up for whatever shenanigans they can concoct on their bikes and will be joined on big adventure days by Sechelt’s Kris Sneddon.

The 2018 Kona team covers a massive spectrum of riding talent and abilities and we’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store! Be sure to check out our team page on Konaworld.com for more info on each rider, and tune into the Cog throughout the season for updates on race results, expeditions, and adventure logs.

Kona Friends! Cory Wallace Needs Your Help!

Super athlete and Kona adventureman, Cory Wallace is aiming for something big and he needs our help. Tomorrow, December 2nd, Cory is planning to ride the Annapurna Circuit and wants to own the record time. In doing so, he’s fundraising to build a new training center for Nepalese mountain bikers. His goal is to raise 1,000 British Pounds (About $1,350 USD or $1,720 CAD). Every cent earned will go towards buying new equipment for the athletes.

As a bonus, Cory is going to give away a boatload of Kona jerseys. He wants everyone to guess how long it will take him to complete the ride from Besi Sahar to Beni which equates to a total of 215km, and 6500m of climbing. Keep in mind this is at MEGA altitude, but Cory is a beast, so we know he’ll crush it. Leave a comment on the fundraising page after you donate a minimum of 10GBP with your best guess on his time. The closest guess will win a Kona team jersey and a Yak Attack Forbidden Kingdom jersey. An additional 20 Yak Attack jerseys will go to the 20 highest donors that leave their contact info.

Go to Cory’s GoFundMe page and donate! Every little bit helps. Let’s help spread the love of mountain biking to every corner of the earth- especially the corner with the most kick ass mountains in the world.

1000 GBP… Let’s blow that goal out of the water!