KONA TEAMS

SUPER GRASSROOTS UK & EUROPE

The evolution of our very successful Grassroots amateur development program, Kona’s Super Grassroots Team represents a collection of some of the best and brightest of both up-and-coming, and established cyclists from around the world. In disciplines ranging from Enduro to Downhill, Freeride, XC and Cyclocross, Super Grassroots riders are both established legends of the sport, like longtime Kona rider Wendy Simms, and soon-to-be-pros like Nathan St. Clair and Layton Meyers. Stay tuned to the Cog for their race results, associated media and ride adventures throughout the year.

JOSH LOWE - UK

My name is Josh Lowe and I am an Elite British Downhill Mountain Biker. I compete at an international level from National competitions to World Cups as well as any whip-off event in-between. I'm a happy face on the scene who quite simply loves to ride. This year I am going to base myself at Champéry, one of my favourite riding spots. And from there I will be travelling to the European World Cups, IXS European races as well as some of the National events; focusing on the events where the tracks are flowy and steep (preferably with a few big gaps in there too). Last season I achieved my season goals of averaging a top 20 at European level and qualifying for World Cups, so this year I want to build on that momentum and keep on having fun.

Tim Wiggins - UK

Endurance rider, blog writer, and outdoor adventurer: Tim is never more content than when he's forging new tracks through the mountains.

Having raced cross-country mountain bikes and road bikes in the past, Tim has now turned his attention to long distance endurance riding; revelling in the challenge of pushing bike and kit to their limit.

Whether it is a non-stop road ride from Falmouth to London (485km); or his #coastsandcols tour - a 1,900-kilometre bikepacking trip through the Pyrenees; he is always in search of the next test.

His challenges for 2017 include:

  • CX - TorTour Cyclocross stage race in Zurich, Switzerland (in February!)
  • CX - Hansens Cykellob - a 120 kilometre gravel race in Denmark
  • CX - Another epic bikepacking trip: taking in 7 countries, and some of the highest passes in Europe
  • CX - Coast2Coast Off-road through the UK National Parks
  • Road - 5 Maratonas - Riding the 5 historical Maratona routes over 5 days
  • Road - 'Everest'

Plus much more! You can follow his progress at timwiggins.blogspot.com as well as on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

TONI LUND - FINLAND

I’m 41 year old ultra endurance athlete and adventure cyclist from Finland. I’m also bike mechanic and salesman in Ajopyörä / Bikeshop.fi which is biggest reseller of Kona in Finland. My next goal is Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 mile race to Nome, targeting the year 2018. No one has participated in the Iditarod Trail Invitational with Kona Wo, so I would likely to be the first one. Iditarod Trail Invitational is without question the toughest winter ultra race in the world. Only about 60 people have finished the 1000 mile race to Nome.

MARKUS ZIEHER - GERMANY

I am Markus Zieher a 24 year old Freerider from Germany that loves to explore new places and to go fast and sideways. 11 years ago I got into Mountainbiking through friends which showed me the local Trails around my home town Aalen. Since then I was motivated to ride my Bike as much as possible and enjoy every second out there in the nature. I live close to the alps which offer alot of cool riding spots and stuff for activities, in a beutiful landscape. When I am not on the Trails I am taking my Shonky AL for a ride on the Dirt Jumps, Skatepark or the Pumptrack.
For me the versatility of riding is important because you can experience so much different things. Every dicipline benefits from each other. Besides riding I am filming and editing Videos, take Photos and build Trails and Jumps.
Its always a great feeling to ride some self build stuff and session them with friends. My goal is to travel new places, ride my bike as much as possible and have some goodtimes at Chilled Sessions and Comps. Keep the fun alive, and atleast get other people motivated to ride bikes like my friends motivated me some years ago.

ALEXANDER KANGAS - SWEDEN

In 2015 I didn't have any funds to go DH racing, so I decided to take a sabbatical to try to go back to DH in 2016. It didn't turn out that way and instead I decided to get myself an enduro bike to try to do a couple of enduro races in Sweden and even managed to get myself to the EWS in Scotland that same year! At the beginning of 2016 I switched my training completely so I could be prepared for proper Enduro races and the plan was to race the European EWS rounds as well as the full Swedish series. I ended up 2nd overall at the ESS ( Enduro sweden series), I struggled to much with mechanical problems on the Swedish scene and with a lot of flat tires! Overall, I am happy with the season, but my goal is clear for 2017, and that is to run consistently inside the top 30 at the EWS overall classifications!