Daniela Ryf is the reigning Queen of Kona. A four-time consecutive winner of triathlon’s most prestigious race, the Swiss superstar has enjoyed yet another dominant racing season this year as she’s built towards winning a historic fifth Kona world championship. Why would her fifth win be historic? A few athletes have won more titles, sure, but no woman has ever won five in a row—only the great Mark Allen has ever scored five Kona titles in a row.
Last year’s Kona was one for the ages, and one that will forever hold a special place in the pantheon of epic race days. While treading water a few minutes before the start of the swim in Kailua Bay, Daniela Ryf was stung by a jellyfish. Despite the pain of the venom coursing through her veins, Ryf put in a valiant swim, yet emerged from the water far later than race pundits would have expected. She mounted her brand-new Felt IA Disc, a race bike making its worldwide debut at this very event, and proceeded to chase down every single competitor in front of her en route to a new bike course record. Ryf finished the day with a stellar run, crossing the finish line with a new overall course record, as well. It was Ryf’s fourth consecutive win, each of them coming aboard the Felt IA platform.
So how could Daniela Ryf possibly top last year’s superlative performance? She’s back in 2019 to make history by winning a fifth straight Kona title, something that no woman (and only one other athlete) has ever accomplished. This is the bike on which she aims to do it, the same model that has brought her so much success in the past.
The men and women of Rally Cycling are the perfect candidates for the all-new AR, our best road bike ever. Check out the Pro Continental team's latest video, along with a photo gallery of the team’s early season training camp, which showcases Rally riders’ first experiences with the all-new AR road bike.
The all-new AR has arrived. We wanted it to not only be the most aerodynamic road bike we'd ever created, but also to climb well, to be comfortable enough for a long day in the saddle, and, most importantly, to descend like a dream. So when the first batch of bikes were built up, we wasted no time in taking them to one of our favorite proving grounds: the iconic Gibraltar Road in the city of Santa Barbara.
The all-new AR isn't just the fastest road bike we've ever created, it's better in every way than its predecessor. It's also a striking example of form following function, and the inherent beauty of vehicles that purpose-built for speed. So is it also the most beautiful road bike we've ever created? Check out the gallery and judge for yourself.