Kone released its cyclocross team roster for the 2004-05 season. Besides a core of returning racers, Kona has added Canadian Cyclocross National Champion Wendy Simms NORBA National Series racer Georgia Gould.
Kona riders Ryan Trebon and Ann Knapp won the overall Crank Brothers Grand Prix of Cyclocross Elite Men and Women's titles last season and took Silver and Bronze respectively at the 2005 Cyclocross National Championships.
The 2005/06 Kona cyclocross squad:
Ann Knapp-Elite Women, Des Moines, WA - Leading the Elite women for the Kona team in what will be her swan song season of elite racing is Ann Knapp. Knapp has been the winningest rider in U.S. cyclocross history; notching overall wins in 2005 Grand Prix's, past SuperCups, winning a National Championship in 2003 and riding to two top five finishes in Cyclocross World Championships. She rolled to victory in five out of six 2005 Grand Prix races and capped the season with a bronze medal at the National Championships.
Wendy Simms-Elite Women, Nainaimo, B. C. - Joining the Kona team this year is Canadian Cyclocross Champion Wendy Simms. Wendy has been dominant on the mountain bike scene, winning four Canada Cups in 2005 and finishing 3rd overall at Sea Otter.
Georgia Gould-Elite Women, Ketchum, ID - Joining the regional team this year will be up and coming racer Georgia Gould. She currently holds three cyclocross state championship titles in ID, PD and MD. Her goal is to win the mid-Atlantic Series and test her mettle at the Gran Prix. She is fresh off a stellar mountain bike season posting 8th place finishes at Schweitzer and Snowmass and a 15th place finish at the world cup in Angel Fire, NM in the Elite Women class.
Ryan Trebon-Elite Men, Corvalis, OR - Leading the Elite Men's team is Ryan "Tree Farm" Trebon. Trebon won the overall Gran Prix and took home the silver medal at the 2005 Nationals Championships. He has his sights set on the winning the national championship title this year and competing at the top level in Super Prestige and World Cups in Europe. Trebon is just recovering from a broken wrist.
Barry Wicks-Elite Men, Corvalis, OR - Barry "WickNasty" Wicks is ready to make some amends for an up and down MTB season. On one hand he had his best NORBA finish - cracking the top five and finishing fourth at Snowshoe, West Virginia - but on the other hand the legs weren't there for the next race. He has enlisted cross coaching legend Geoff Proctor and all seems to be on schedule.
Erik Tonkin-Elite Men, Portland, OR - Erik "Tonkinator" Tonkin rounds out the Elite Men's squad and has taken over the blue collar workingman's hero role from fellow Kona Rider Dale Knapp. Like many Kona team riders he has a "real" job and sometimes spends 60 hours a week at the shop he owns Sellwood Cycle Repair. Many nights prior to catching a cross country flight to a Grand Prix, he'll be wrenching late night, not on his own bikes but on a good customer's bike so they can be ready for the next Cross Crusade. Few racers live for the race as much as Tonkin. Fresh off a 10th place finish at the 2005 NORBA National Championships in Mammoth Mountain, Erik will continue his ascension through the top ten to the podium spots he has been working towards.
Dale Knapp-Masters Men, Des Moines, WA - After over 10 years of Elite Racing, crowd favourite Dale "Heavy D" Knapp will joining the Master's ranks in search of the elusive National Title. Fearful of being called a sandbagger, even though he is 40 years old, Knapp wanted a clean break from the Elite ranks and took a year off from racing. His participation in 10 straight World Championship Teams is a record that may never be matched. He was a pioneer in cross before many even knew what it was. For years we he was slugging it out in Europe as the lone unfunded American.