The Kona Endurance Team is back for 2021. From lung-busting gravel grinds, or mountain biking in places they’ve never heard of, to a season of domestic ‘cross, gravel and marathon racing, they’re ready to dig in, ride hard, and capture all of the excitement that can be found on two wheels.
With the bottom falling out of domestic and international racing for 2020, Kerry threw himself even further into his YouTube channel and spent the season watching the Micheael Jordan documentary “Last Dance” on repeat! Bring on 2021!
The Kona Endurance Team is made up of Kona veterans that know exactly what it takes to make the most of every adventure. Team ringleader Barry Wicks is back with a full agenda of rides all across North America, along with three-time 24hr World Champ Cory Wallace. The dynamic ‘cross-dominating duo of Kerry Werner and Rebecca Fahringer will be widening their scope, and in addition to a full season of cross, they will also be attacking select North American gravel races.
Rebecca Fahringer’s 2020 domestic cross and gravel season didn’t even really start. When the opportunity came to travel to Belgium for a shortened season of European Cross she jumped at the chance. Between competing in classic Euro slop and vlogging, Rebecca, like all racers, is looking forward to some normality to return in 2021.
Together, the four riders make up a crew that is champing at the bit to push the limits of where bikes can go, how hard they can be ridden, and how much fun is actually possible while inflicting, what seems to mere mortals, some sort of self-induced punishment.
After spending eight months in Nepal (a combination of racing, training and being stranded due to Covid-19) Cory Wallace is looking for redemption in 2021. He’s wasted no time at all smashing out some epic rides on the Ice Parkways around his home of Jasper, but after a year of Rest and Relaxation he’s planning on “Getting back out there, chasing down big adventures and winning races.”
We get the feeling they’ll be crossing many a mountain pass, bikepacking to locations that seem impossible to reach, racing the races that scare most people, and leaving dusty contrails in their wakes as often as possible. If it sounds like a challenge, this crew is up for it.
Barry’s 17th year with Kona saw him embark on a number of video projects and the usual Barry Wicks Type 2 Adventures. For 2021 he’s got even more planned, and we can’t wait to see it all unfold!