The Kona Bicycle Company has announced the roster for the 2005 Kona Factory-Les Gets team. The squad includes the additions of 2001 cross-country World Champion, Roland Green, and Czech Four Cross specialist, Kamil Tartakovic.
On the cross-country side, Green will join Kris Sneddon, Ryan Trebon, Peter Wedge and Barry Wicks, his experience a valuable addition to the younger members of the team. The cross-country team will compete in the NORBA series as well as the two North American world cup races.
"It's great to have Roland back on board as returning Kona team alumni," said team manager Russell Carty. "This season the entire XC squad is focused on winning the NORBA title."
On the gravity side, Tartakovic joins men's 2004 downhill World Champion, Fabien Barel, and 2004 women’s Maxxis Cup Champion, Tracy Moseley. They will be competing on the World Cup circuit. "Last year was the most successful year for Team Kona," added Carty. "Kona was the #1 trade team in the Maxxis International Series; Fabien Barel is the World DH Champ and finished first overall in the Maxxis Series; Ryan Trebon was second overall in the NORBA XC Series; Tracy Moseley was first overall in the Maxxis Series...It's going to be tough to do better than last season but we have a strong team, top riders and the best bikes to do it!"
Kamil will be racing on the Kona Howler (4" dual suspension design) in 4X and the rest will all be piloting the World Cup winning Stab Supreme in downhill events.