Rotorua, New Zealand- March 22- April 2, 2017 - The first major event of 2017 headed to the southern hemisphere to try to capture a piece of the New Zealand summer. The week started out quite wet from neighboring Cyclone Debbie off the coast of Australia, effecting both the EWS and and early Crankworx events. Luckily as the week unfolded, the sun came out and dried things out, a bit:).
Jill Kintner competed in 3 events (Air DH, Pumptrack, and Downhill) to demonstrate her ability once again across several disciplines.
"There is only one Jill Kintner. This is one athlete who doesn’t stop, who takes podium after podium, who gives back to the sport and her community, who knows her limits, and never stops pushing. And as a competitor, she’s keenly aware of her threats, humbly, and unfailingly, working to stay on top. The numbers speak for themselves:
• 34 medals won at Crankworx • 8 Crankworx pump track golds...
Finally the start of a new season. Winter was a tad brutal, and the rain followed us over to NZ for the first few days of Crankworx. Oh well, ready for it. Bikes are all tuned up by our new mechanic Brad Kelly, and I'm feeling really good. A bit of rescheduling for a few events and we should be ready to roll. Wish me luck.
Well, we were meant to have Christmas in Europe this year, but as it worked out, our product launch in Spain was cancelled, and we quickly switched our tickets to visit our other homeland of Australia!! Christmas with Bryn's whole family was pretty fun. We also stayed with our besties in the Blue mountains for a few weeks, got an amazing wedding in, saw a ton of homies, a surprise 50th bday party, caught up with a couple other pros for some mid day heatstroke riding weather, dinner with Jared Graves at his new place, and a little drive up the coast to Queensland. So fun.