KONAWORLD (November 7, 2008) – Winner, winner, chicken dinner … or new Kona Cinder Cone.
After months of tracking the production progress – from start to finish – of the Kona Bicycle Company’s One Millionth Bike, Shelly Girlatz of Balzac, Alberta, Canada is the winner and proud new owner of a 2009 Cinder Cone mountain bike.
The celebratory contest tracked the day-to-day life of Kona’s millionth bike from its production overseas to its random shipment to Calgary, Alberta. The bike was tracked using GPS inserted into the seat tube of the Cinder Cone, among other ways.
Wednesday October 22 was just like any other day for Shelly, until she walked through the doors of Bow Cycle in Calgary, Alberta – who were having a huge storewide sale. Looking for a new Kona rig to saddle-up on, Shelly walked the floors with the helpful and knowledgeable staff until the glowing graphics, RockShox fork and comfy WTB sport saddle of the Cinder Cone stopped her in her tracks. Little did she know, she was staring at Kona’s millionth bike.
In 1988 when Kona officially entered the bike industry, the Cinder Code was the first bike to roll off the assembly line. Since ’88 77,115 Cinder Cones have been produced, making it Kona’s number one bike. It’s no surprise a Cinder Cone was the millionth.
Shelly kicked the tires, gave the Cinder Cone the once over and then took it for a quick spin around the shop. She fell in love. When she made the decision to buy the bike the party started. Shop staff, Kona’s Canada Sales manager Dik Cox and Kona sales representative Lisa O’Daly instantly broke the exciting news to Shelly about the millionth bike contest. Amazed, shocked and stoked, Shelly cruised out of Bow Cycle and into the sunset on a free, new Kona Cinder Cone.
For more photos and info about the contest click here.