Words and photos by Kona Ambassador Tim Wiggins.

All of a sudden it happens… the evenings are long enough to ride after work, and there is the possibility of a dawn ride without needing to fit night-piercing headlamps. The winter is behind us. Long live the springtime.

This is the season of colour and contrast, riding at home on the Isle of Wight; the blue of the ocean horizon, the green of the hills, and the vibrant shades of trail-side blossom.

I have been making the most of the extra hours of daylight and the improved trail conditions to get out on the Kona Hei Hei CR/DL.

This bike. It owns the trail. It is lightning fast both up and down, and brings a smile to my face everytime I throw a leg over it. I am already mapping out some great summer adventures on it; taking me off the beaten track, and into some unfamiliar territories.

The sun is shining. Let’s go explore.