The XC boys and girls win BC Bike Race, Slaven rides it like he stole it and gets shot, while Kona gravity guys keep getting rad.
The Kona XC Team has been busy crushing all over the globe. June saw the crew in Europe for the AlpenTour Trophy and Bike 4 Peaks events, where Barry, Kris, Cory and Spencer showed off their new Kahuna Team bikes to the European hordes. BC Bike race followed where Kris Sneddon came into his own, winning three stages, the overall GC as well as the Enduro competition. Not to be outdone, Spencer took home the final stage in Whistler as well as second overall. Wendy Simms kept in in the family for the open women’s race, winning six of the seven stages, the overall Enduro and the GC. Wicks took on some new challenges, racing the Lumberjack 100 on his Big Unit singlespeed, beating all-comers in the woods of Michigan. Spencer Paxson recently broke into the upper crust of US mountain biking, taking 4th in the XC at the US National Championships, followed up by 5th in the Short Track. Cory won the High Cascade 100 in Bend, Oregon as he prepares to defend his title at the upcoming Mongolia Bike Challenge and go for the win at the 24-hour World Championships in Australia in October. Up next, Kris and Cory head up for the final edition of TransRockies, and hope to continue their winning ways in the multi-day stage race.
Matt Slaven went on a mid-season tear, placing second at the Ashland Enduro, winning the inaugural round of the Cascadia Cup Enduro, and also setting a new time at the Dog River Enduro at Mt hood. Disaster then stuck, as Matt was shot in an attempted mugging in Santa Cruz, California. Matt is a tough guy though, and is expected to be back in action for more Enduro action next season. Karim Amour is recovered from a broken clavicle that took him out of some early season events, and is back on prime form, taking 4th at the MegaAvalanche Andorra, and 3rd at the SuperEnduro 2RX in Italy. Next up Karim will tackle the Crankworx round of the World Enduro Series, where he will be joined by team mate Alex stock, who has been crushing the UK Enduro scene all season.
Connor Fearon has been a consistent top 30 performer on the world cup circuit this year in his neo pro season. Taking his new 2014 Carbon operator to top 30 finishes in Norway, Italy and Germany. Connor has his sights set on top 20 finishes at the next two rounds of the World Cup in Andorra and Mont Ste. Anne, Quebec.
Graham Agassiz has been a busy guy, filming with Anthill, the Sherpas and others as he perfects his speed and style on the big mountain. Aggy has also been coaching some super lucky groms at the Gravity Camps in Whistler, BC and is now headed to Norway for some excellent photo adventures. Antoine Bizet has been consistent on the FMB circuit. Making it to Euro X games and Crankworx Europe where he placed second in the best trick contest with a flawless double backflip. Up next the guys head to the Bearclaw Invitational and Crankworx Joyride events, where they are sure to wow big crowds with awesome tricks. Finally, the Redbull Rampage will be the crowning event of the 2013 season, and both Aggy and Antoine are fired up for the big mountains of Utah.
Helen Wyman has been a busy girl, joining the XC boys in Europe for the AlpenTour Trophy, and piloting her new Red Zone to victories in criteriums and road events throughout England. Now Helen is off to the Alps for one last training block before starting her cross season on the east coast of the United States, where she will be Joined by Wicks and Spencer racing storied events such as the Gloucester GP and Providence CX weekend.