FROM KONA: Joe, a three-timeÃ‚Â Junior Welsh National Champion and 2008Ã‚Â IXS European seriesÃ‚Â winner,Ã‚Â holds an impressive track record which he looks to extendÃ‚Â racing for Kona. A top 18 overall position at Schladming World Cup, and top five as a Junior at Schladming, Bromont, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Fort William and Valnord World Cups demonstrates that Joe is no average Joe when it comes to flying down DH courses. Professional coaching with winter training across the pond focused and developed Joe’s strength and conditioning for racing which will undoubtedly assist in producing great results thisÃ‚Â season. It is just a matter of time before Joe is standing atop the podium in a Kona jersey. One downfall: he might be too polite!Ã‚Â
Tree Farm, AKAÃ‚Â Ryan Trebon, is back after winning theÃ‚Â US National CyclocrossÃ‚Â and overall NACT titles.Ã‚Â Yes, Ryan’s still tall and fast.Ã‚Â This year, Ryan’s schedule will include a few stops on theÃ‚Â Kenda US CupÃ‚Â Series, theÃ‚Â Downieville Classic,Ã‚Â Kona’s 24 HoursÃ‚Â in the Old PuebloÃ‚Â and a World Cup or four.
The other half ofÃ‚Â Kona’s Twin Timbers (with Ryan of course) is none other thanÃ‚Â Barry WicksÃ‚Â – who returns with his eyes locked on World Cup XC races. Barry will also return to the covetedÃ‚Â BC Bike RaceÃ‚Â to defend his title with teammate Kris Sneddon andÃ‚Â raceÃ‚Â in Arizona at the Old Pueblo. Like Ryan,Ã‚Â Barry is still tall and fast.
RipperÃ‚Â Wendy SimmsÃ‚Â is back for another season of racing with Kona and will be focusing on multi-stage races this year. Fresh offÃ‚Â her fourthÃ‚Â Canadian National CyclocrossÃ‚Â title, Wendy will look to defend her BC Bike Race title with husband Norman Thibault.Ã‚Â Look to see Wendy flashing her infectious smile on more than a few podiumsÃ‚Â in 2009.
AfterÃ‚Â an injury dampened part of his season last year,Ã‚Â Kris SneddonÃ‚Â is back and will be joining Barry on the World Cup circuit, as well as at the BC Bike Race.Ã‚Â Kris still loves beer, ridingÃ‚Â at a good clip and the sweetÃ‚Â ballads of AC/DC.
Back for his ninth season onÃ‚Â a Kona rig, hometown heroÃ‚Â Erik TonkinÃ‚Â is slated to compete in a handful of Kenda US Cup Series races and will attempt his first solo 24-hour race at Old Pueblo. “It’ll be like racing 24 Cross races in a row,” he says. All of this on top of running his first-class bike shopÃ‚Â Sellwood CyclesÃ‚Â in Portland, OR. Watch out, Caveman Cometh.
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