Kona gravity team rider Miranda Miller finished in a solid sixth place on Wednesday aboard her Process 153 in the Air Downhill race at Crankworx Rotorua. Miller, whose primary focus is the Enduro World Series, was thrilled with her placing and looking forward to practicing for the EWS race, which starts tomorrow.
While everyone knows Miranda Miller is an ace on the bike, did you know she’s also very creative? Both of her parents have worked in the arts and she likes to dabble with drawing and creating in her spare time. Miranda caught wind of our first theme for our ambassadors and wanted to contribute her own submission to Winter.
She created a series of drawings and Haikus that describe what winter means to her. Click here to see the below graphic in full size.
2019 is poised to be a big year for Kona on the gravity and enduro side and we couldn’t be more excited to announce our teams for the upcoming season.
Headlining the gravity side is our long-time ringer, Connor Fearon of Adelaide, Australia. Fearon finished the World Cup circuit in 10th place overall last year, ensuring he’s protected in every race in 2019. Connor will be leading the downhill charge on the Operator CR. Connor will also race select EWS events this season.
New to the team this year is Canadian ripper, World Champion, and all around badass, Miranda Miller! Hailing from Squamish, BC, Miller will be racing the Enduro World Series events alongside Rhys Verner, and occasionally Connor Fearon and Hannah Bergemann aboard the Process 153 CR DL 29.
Another Squamish, BC native, Rhys Verner returns to Kona’s enduro program this season poised and ready to take on the big guns. Verner had a tough 2018, breaking his scaphoid on two different occasions. He still landed a 56th place in the final race of the season, in spite of missing most of the season. We’re looking forward to watching him race alongside Miller this season!
A fresh addition for this season comes with the arrival of Bellingham’s Hannah Bergemann! Bergemann came through the Kona program as a Supreme. Anyone that’s seen her ride a bike will tell you she has some incredible potential in both racing and freeride. She will race the EWS events in California and Whistler, as well as other regional events this season.
Returning to the gravity program is Anthony Poulson of Montreal. Poulson has played a strong support role to Connor Fearon while still battling it out on his own each week on the World Cup Circuit.
Moving on up in the ranks is 14-year-old Tristan Lemire, also of Montreal. Lemire quietly defeated some of junior racing’s biggest names throughout the 2018 season aboard a borrowed Operator. We’re excited to watch him grow and continue to mature into a stellar racer.
Representing Adelaide in South Australia, we’re thrilled to bring Shelly Flood to the enduro program for 2019! Flood brings a strong history of cross country, downhill, and enduro racing to the program. She’ll be participating in select EWS events as well as regional enduro and downhill races.
Keeping it close to home is important for Kona, and Caleb Holonko brings our program right back to its roots. Based on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC, Holonko carries on the freeride torch this season. Big hits, big mountains, and a big bag of tricks, Holonko is one to watch in the coming years.
We’re proud to have a well-rounded squad of men and women representing Kona across the world. 2019 is going to be one for the books for both the athletes and Kona. We can’t wait to get the 2019 season rolling!
Thanks to our generous team sponsors for 2019: RockShox, SRAM, Maxxis, Deity, We Are One, ODI, One Up, HT, Dharco, Chris King, Maxima Racing Oils, Five Ten, Cush Core, 100%, Yakima, Genio, Fastrax, and Tork!