The highlight of going to Sea otter, apart from seeing our friends and sponsors, is the slalom. This discipline is my jam, love it; high speed, big turns, tech skills. Plus fans come out with their USA flags and enthusiasm ready to watch head to head battles. Sea Otter is mainly an expo for new products, and the racing pretty mellow. They work with the elevation they have really at Laguna Seca raceway. It took me awhile to figure out how to win these events, but now I got it fairly figured out.. 10th pro win- 6 in Slalom/ 4 in dh:) Not too shabby, sick and all this time...
First event of the year in NZ was a nice sunny change to the dreary wet winter back home in Washington. I am happy to report that I won 3 of my events!!!!!! and did the whip-off on the biggest jump ever. Bryn also won in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge with photographer Simeon Patience. So yeah, an unbelievable way to kick off the year!! Thanks Crankworx for a good time. This was stop 1 of three- Les Gets and Whistler are next......
The first stop of 3 Crankworx festivals this year goes down into summer in New ealand. I will be competing in 4 events (Whip, Slalom, Pumptrack, and DH), so it'll be quite busy, but I'm all trained up and ready to go. From Winter into the southern hemisphere we go.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4kSfrwOrtQ
Documenting progress is key to any racer's preparation and ultimate success, but Jill Kintner's version of note-taking stands out. Instead of relying on POV footage, words scratched on paper or her memory, Kintner sketches detailed maps of every course she races. "Maps give me something to think about and rehearse" she said. "It's my version of a game plan."
Freehub Magazine. In the final episode of HOME, Jill Kintner rides one of her favorite backyard trails in the Chuckanut Mountains. She pins the straight aways and takes the high line in a fashion that can only come from knowing every turn of the trail. A little extra inspiration comes from a simple question: "What would Bryn do?"
It's pretty fun to have an idea, sketch it out, and have a custom prototype made by a talented local bag maker. My friend John at Highabove.net makes sweet packs for riding, his specialty being hip packs. He loves bags in general though, and is really enthusiastic about products that function and have style:) . He can sew just about anything, so when I asked him if he wanted to help make a travel helmet bag, he was in!! ....
Our friends over at Freehub Magazine put together this 3 part video series about what "home" means to Bryn and I. Wattsy and Grundburg literally work down the street at Freehub HQ, so this was a fun video making journey with a solid crew! Hope you enjoy a little slice of NW life. Courtesy of Maxxis tires :)
Episode 1 was Bryn riding and shuttling with his moto. Episode 2 is this camping trip in eastern Washington.
Episode 3 will be me ripping around the chuckanut trails.
Bryn and I joined the SMITH OPTICS family for eyewear!!! It's hard to ignore the momentum Smith has been gaining in the bike world, with lively athlete marketing, and MTB specific products like the the Squad Goggle and Arena Max Pro glasses. Based now in Portland, Oregon, promoting a local sponsor with fun style and clear vision is gonna be sweet. Check out Chromapop :O