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Capital Forest CDC Race Report

Last weekend the Kona Supremes (minus Amanda-conda and Steph-dog) headed down to Capitol forest in Olympia for their 3rd race in the CDC series. This race snuck up on us. July has been filled with multiple Squamish/Whistler trips and also a crazy wedding. Somehow the Supremes all managed to pull this one off.

the wildflowers were everywhere around capital forest


Stage 1. Capitol Peak Trail.

Stage 1 was the start of the race for Expert and Pro, and the second stage of the day for everyone else. It was the beginning of the never ending pedal that took us to some towers at the top of the capital forest area. The stage started with a fast, loose and gnarly rock garden section. A few tires were sacrificed during this part of the stage, and in the race, Delia took a hard slam. She ended up with bad bruises, deep scrapes, but is tougher than nails and was able to finish out the race with Hannah, and bham friends Forrest, and Harrison.

Getting some quality first aid from the volunteers at cap forest.


This stage also had a couple of super punchy climb sections. There was one that was so difficult that I got off my bike. After each punchy climb section I had to convince myself that I was okay and calm down.

Delia rallied through her injuries and finished the day strong!

Stage 2. Lower Twin Peaks.

This stage was a nice continuation of stage 1. This trail was a little faster than stage 1 which was a plus. While waiting in line some little boy told me there was a big rock roll. This was not true and I was deeply disappointed.

All smiles after a gnarly crash on stage 1. Delia is one tough chica!


Stage 3. McKenny Trail

Stage 3 was reserved for Expert and Pro racers, although it wasn’t the hardest or most technical trail of the day. It did add quite a bit of extra pedalling to get to the start and the trail itself was quite pedally also. It had one fast steep section at the very end that was one of my favorite parts of the race.

catching some air off a roller in stage 4. Photo: Rob Topol


Stage 4. Little larch.

Stage 4 started with a climb up a short road and up a short little climb trail. This stage was fast and flowy, also the steepest trail (which was not very steep 🙁 ) There were a lot of fast corners that I wish I would have known where they were. Next time I’ll actually pre-ride the race course.

The dirt was fast, dry, and loose

There was also a couple of forks that were necessary for getting a fast time on this stage. The fastest combination was left right left, but I forgot this mid run and just choose the path that looked most fun. On the first split, there was a skinny log ride that bypassed some berms and was definitely the faster line, but was super awkward.

Delia keeps it low over the rollers. Photo: Rob Topol


Stage 5. Green Line Trail.

After Micks and I finished Stage 2 we made the long traverse over to the other side of the mountain for Stage 5. This trail is one of the longest stages that I have raced so far in the CDC series. It is about 2 miles long and has 3 brutal uphill climbs. The key to this trail was keeping focus. The trail itself wasn’t hard but keeping pace for that length of time is incredibly hard. This trail brings the endurance in enduro.

Delia finished strong with some battle wounds.


All of the supremes who made it to this event managed to get a podium finish. Brooklyn got 4th and mickey got 5th in sport, while Hannah managed to get a spot in 3rd in pro. Delia despite going to gnar-town during this race, placed 4th for pro. And mean while…. Steph-dog was recovering from a crash and having some safe wholesome fun paddle boarding, while Amanda was also recovering from a crash and getting ready for the annual Kona product launch in Squamish, BC 🙂

Brooklyn took 4th and Mickey snagged 5th but had to leave early before awards


Hannah came in 3rd and Delia took 4th despite her gnarly crash and injuries… did I mention she’s tougher than nails?


We immediately went down to the creek and spent some time cooling off and cleaning out the battle wounds.

For me this race wasn’t really about the competition because I rode blind. I had a lot of fun spending time with the other sport women. I got a chance to connect with the Bell Joy ride team that weekend. After the race the girls from the other team invited me out to Stevens Pass to ride. It was unbelievably rad to ride casually with girls that are usually my competition.

We are all very much looking forward the the next race on our home turf in the Chuckanuts on august 27! Hope to see you there!

Huge thanks to Chris, Eric, and Rob for the photos, to Nuun for keeping us well hydrated, and to all our fans, friends, and fam for all your support!

-Brooklyn and the Supremes


Brooklyn and the Process

Last summer I bought my first full suspension bike after I demoed a Kona Process 134. I fell in love after the first ride! I was giggling and squealing like never before. A friend treated me to a local gem of a trail I had never seen before; a trail that was outside of the realm of what I thought mountain biking was, but I just charged it because the Process 134 inspired the confidence I needed.  From that ride on, I was sold on this bike because it showed me that I could do anything. Making this purchase has changed my life and its been a crazy year on “cocoa the bike”

Brooklyn and Cocoa the Process

Now I’m upgrading bikes. I’ve sold my Process 134 for a Process 153 so I can charge harder and send it bigger no matter where I ride. I’ll be trading in the Shimano Deore brakes for the more powerful stopping power of the SRAM Guide R brakes and a Sektor fork for the Yari Solo Air. The 153’s 1X11 drivetrain along with the wider rims and tires is also a major upgrade from the 2015 Process 134 I was on before. The 153 likes bigger lines, is much more stable and loves to charge. I love how at home it feels on the steeps and has no problem with bigger hits and senders. I’m really excited about all the trouble my new Process 153 will get me into this summer and next year.  -Brooklyn

Photo: Paul Kelly

The Kona Supremes Hood River CDC Race Report

This race took place in Hood River, Oregon in a riding area called Post Canyon. Post Canyon has beautiful views of Adams and Mt. Hood, and trails bump up against vineyards and apple orchards. The trail building style is amazing and has a great variety for beginners and experts.
Hood River offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the PNW

2016 Fall Women’s Clinics – Basic Bike Maintenance


Last week started off the first of our 2016 fall Kona women’s clinics with a basic bike maintenance course. The big storm made for some great weather for hunkering down in the shop and working on bikes. We worked on a variety of techniques in the clinic, covering things from flat-tire fixes to chain maintenance and more essential repair skills.

Our very own Kona Bike Shop mechanic, Miles, led the clinic and encouraged the ladies to try all of the techniques that he taught. Photo by Gloria Goñi-Mcater


Amanda shows Jamie how to efficiently remove her rear wheel, an important first step in a rear flat-fix. Photo by Gloria Goñi-Mcater
Steph and Haley taking tires off rims like pros. Photo by Gloria Goñi-Mcater
Brooklyn demonstrates proper tire installation after a successful flat-fix. Photo by Gloria Goñi-Mcater


We have two more clinics coming up this fall. On November 9th and 10th we are having a 2-part suspension clinic ($75 per person). The 9th will be a suspension theory lecture explaining the basic parts of your fork and shock, how it works, and how to adjust it perfectly for you. The 10th is a hands-on clinic to learn how to and perform a lower fork service, (normally around $100 total) and we will include the seals for you in the clinic!)
The last clinic will be a drivetrain maintenance and cable & housing replacement clinic ($60 per person). We will go over how to remove and clean the drivetrain to prolong the life of your bike and components during the wet and gritty winter months. Space is limited for both of these clinics, so sign up soon! The deadline for the suspension class is Nov. 1st to allow time to order the proper seals for everyone. Register in the bike shop or via email at Hope to see you there!