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Kona announces line up

Ryan Trebon is set to lead the Kona team once again.

Ryan Trebon is set to lead the Kona team once again. (Image credit: John Pierce/Photosport International)

The Kona cyclo-cross team has announced it's line-up for the upcoming winter race season as well as the signing of new co-title sponsor, YourKey Mortgage, a privately held residential mortgage lending company based in Clearwater FL.

Defending US National and US Grand Prix Champion Ryan Trebon will headline the team which has dominated the North American 'cross scene for the past three years, along with returning team-mates: Barry Wicks, Wendy Simms, Dale Knapp and Erik Tonkin.

This year Trebon will be dividing his time between the US and Europe, staying stateside to defend his title in the US Gran Prix title and then heading to Europe where he'll try to crack the top five at either a Super Prestige or a World Cup race, a goal he feels that he is capable of after a 10th place finish in a Super Prestige race last year.

Wicks is looking forward to a new cross season in the US after returning from the MTB world's in Fort William and will be hoping to pull off a big win for the team. "I'm really stoked for this season and my legs feel great, except for the hole in my right leg from the mountain bike World Champs in Fort Bill. But since I'm going to back off on the European 'cross scene this year I'm as fired up about racing 'cross this season as I have been in a long time," remarked Wicks.

Wendy Simms is ready to lead the women's contingent of the team after dominating the open mixed class at the Trans Rockies mountain bike race along with her husband, Normon Thibault. "I felt last year like I could hang with the top girls for three quarters of the race but would just fade in the end. This year it's going to be different," Simms declared.

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