Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Kristin's Kona King (queen) Zing

2006 Velo Bella -Kona pro MTB and road racer Kristin Danielson, had the pleasure of getting her hands on a Kona King Zing full carbon steed earlier this year and spent many hours turning over the sweet pedals. Recently she stayed in the Santa Cruz area with her husband Tom Danielson while he prepped for the Tour of California. Alex Burgess (mtb team manager) and I (Brent road team manager) got to spend some time riding with Kristin on her sweet riding Kona and we watched in amazement at how comfortable and effortless it looked climbing on that bike. I asked her to let us in on her King Zing for all of you who are tempted to order one up for yourself.
*(The King Zing Kristin got is the mint green shade presented on the Kona site. Pictures of the special Velo Bella paint job available from Kona will be posted some time next week!)

"Since riding my new Kona King Zing I have decided this is going to be a keeper for a long time. Not only do I feel extremely comfortable on the bike, I like how well it handles. When I am climbing, I notice myself standing more without having my quadriceps screaming at me to sit back down on the saddle. The all carbon bike is obviously very light weight and great for those long climbs. I have never been the best at descending but since I have been riding on my new Kona I feel very confident and balanced. I find the snappy ten speed gearing to be right on when I am searching for the right gear for the terrain. Of course since I am female color matters; and this bike has a beautiful teal shade that, personally, I love. Needless to say I have enjoyed riding my new Kona and look forward to putting more miles on it around the globe."

Krisitin Danielson
Velo Bella-Kona pro mtb racer

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

They're racing in Texas too!

As she has for each of the last three years, two-time mountain bike national champion Kiersten Inserni opens her mountain bike season with a victory and a number one national ranking in her age group by USA Cycling.

Weekend Wrap Up Feb 11-12

The racing action has begun. At least in California. What else are you going to do when its 75 degrees in February?

Kudo kisses go to little Katy Kintz for doing one of her first mountain bike races. Read about her CCCX adventures, and Kathleen's, in our Race Reports. Lots of mtb bellas showed up for this one!

And in the southern half, gravity bellas Judi and Virgina swept the downhill podium at Southridge.

And on the road, Sabine and Jessie went round and round in circles in search of pie. But there's no report on that because that would be boring. All I can say is that Jessie is like some kind of Napa rock star.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Track Riding 101

Clickie click here and here to read new Bella, Kele's, reports on her Trackie Track Camp in LA.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Can you smell the start of the season?

Its in the air...

We already have one of our first road race reports, written by new bella racer, Raja Lahti.

And we just held our sort of annual Velo Bella road clinic.

Friday, February 03, 2006


The women of team Velo Bella – Kona stand poised to spread glitter and flair across the US and Canadian professional MTB seasons with a brand new professional women’s team made up of international talent from both inside and outside the Velo Bella organization. Although new to the party, as usual, we expect to turn a few heads.

Known in the MTB world for years as a widespread wacky women’s cycling club with a few professional MTB racers here and there, Velo Bella has partnered with Kona Bicycles USA to provide one of the most fun, compelling and competitive professional women’s MTB teams in the country focusing on Cross Country events at the NORBA series, the US and Canadian National Championships, and perhaps even supporting an athlete or two at the World MTB Championships in New Zealand later this year.

Canadian sensation Wendy Simms will captain the 4 member team and after years of racing on her own, Wendy chose to join the pink conga line because of the Velo Bella’s focus on fun, their relationship with Kona Bicycles and the ability to race in a supportive family and female-oriented environment. Kristin Danielson makes her return to the US MTB scene with Velo Bella – Kona and looks forward to showing what Durango and a little road racing can do for one’s off-road form.

In between giving birth to a gorgeous little Velo Fella and preparing for the upcoming racing season, Shannon Holden ran a marathon in Seattle to celebrate her son’s three month birthday… Yeah, we’ll just say she is hyper organized and leave it at that. Noel Weddle completes the team, adding her climbing talents and electrifying enthusiasm to the group. Living at altitude, Noel lives with a continuous case of oxygen deprivation explaining her eagerly looking forward to the more vertical races in the NORBA series…

The Velo Bella – Kona core will be augmented at certain races by professional Velo Bella – Kona riders from around the country including Sami Fournier (Washington, DC), Allie Rau (Detroit, MI), Jennifer Tilley (Lawrence, KS) and Erin Duggan (Apton, CT).

The entire team is brand new to one another and will meet for the first time at their camp in and around Auburn, CA from March 1st to 5th. In addition to the pro athletes, Team Management has asked key Velo Bella development riders to attend the camp as well.

The team will race on custom designed blue, pink and black Kona Kula Lisa and Queen Kikapu bikes featuring the always reliable Chris King headsets; Easton stems, seat posts, handle bars, and wheels; Fox forks and shocks; SRAM drive train; Selle San Marco Glamour saddles; Crank Brothers pedals; Truvativ cranks; Avid brakes and Schwalbe tires taking care of the girls as they roll down the trail.

Patagonia and Hincapie Sportswear will wrap our girls in racing kit and casual athletic wear, with Zeal Optics providing protection for their eyes and SIDI shoes covering their painted toes. Team apparel can be purchased at Team Estrogen.

Velo Bella’s contagious spirit and unique approach to women’s competitive cycling have created a following across the United States and around the world. The Bellas encourage women to cycle, no matter what their level. The distinctive Velo Bella kit can be found on recreational riders, elite level racers, and all those in between.

In addition to national and international racing, the Pro MTB Team will be joined by hundreds of amateur racers who will compete in local MTB races throughout California, Minnesota, Michigan, the Mid Atlantic, North Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Georgia and other events across the United States.

The Velo Bella Pro Mountain Bike Team members are:

Wendy Simms (Nanaimo, British Columbia)
Kristin Danielson (Durango, CO)
Shannon Holden (Spokane, WA)
Noel Weddle (Grand Junction, CO)