ROTORUA, NZ - MARCH 17-25, 2018 - The first stop of the Crankworx World Tour began in New Zealand last week with 9 action packed days of gravity mountain biking. Adding more events and new courses to the line up this year, Rotorua continues to push the limits as one of the world’s premiere biking locations.
Jill Kintner competed in 5 events this time, claiming 3 wins and all top 5 finishes (Redwoods DH, slalom, Air DH, Pumptrack, and skyline Downhill). The points system for the prestigious King and Queen championship had changed from 2017 with double points for enduro, whip points, added slalom, etc, so getting solid points in every event was a huge success.
Well, I left in early December on a road trip, and have been gone for 2 months:) I wanted to put a chunk of time into training at the Red Bull Gym in Santa Monica and discovered a lot more motivation than suffering through another soggy winter at home. My normal life involves sitting on the trainer in the basement, riding in the mud, washing bikes, and going to the gym. Here, I do the same, but there are super athletes everywhere and sunshine. Plus I get to learn new things from the best. Red Bull is such a valuable resource for me as an athlete, and I want to be the very best I can be:) Bryn came for the last month as well, so there is no reason to go home now:).... Keep the good times rollin.
I get a couple of months off now to chill:) This time of year is kinda weird not to have structure, but there is still lots going on, and it's the best conditions at the start of fall. Activities include: riding for fun, I raced an enduro, a halloween slalom, tested a new DH bike, did shuttle day at PA, went to Red bull HQ in LA for baseline physiological tests, Spent a boatload of time at the local pumptrack, trail dig days, made a vital vid, an Evergreen membership vid, insta vids, ran a few times, lots of walks in the park, etc. :).
New new year, new goals. Stay tuned. Crankworx will still be my main objective, but I always strive to improve my skills. Should be able to get creative, race, and do all the things I love about bikes with most all of the same great sponsors.
Well after Crankworx I was hoping to go to Cairns for DH World Champs, but didn't really have the right preparation as I was pretty sick for a few weeks:(. Still lingering actually.
Instead, I decided to up my certification for coaching, just to be better at explaining things to others, and more pro all around. Another tool of the trade. I learned more than I expected actually, and with a refresh on the fundamentals, I not only improved my personal riding, but feel a lot better about giving instruction effectively. Any who, I enjoyed it and will probably do a bit more with private lessons for people in my community. :)