Custom Helmet Bag

Custom Helmet Bag

DESIGN COLLABORATION:

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!! ....

High above.net

Freehub Videos

Freehub Videos

VIDEO:

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.

SMITH OPTICS

SMITH OPTICS

SPONSOR news: 

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

Wings for Life World Run

Wings for Life World Run

World Run- MAY 8th

"What if you could get the whole world running? Everyone, worldwide, on the same day, at the same time. A race of epic proportions with just one lone runner left at the end. A world run. But could it be done? It could."

Nothing quite like going for a morning jog a 4am with hundreds of awesome people who are helping raise money for spinal cord research. Be one of em!  Come with me and run for those who can't!!! Santa Clarita

Australia Mate

Australia Mate

Christmas in Aus goes down as a blistering hot affair, but it's good for riding bikes and getting some base miles in. A second summer makes me happy. It sure beats the countless hours sitting on rollers indoors watching the rain drizzle down:) Santa is a bit overdressed over here, but other than that, it's pretty festive all around.

Kamikaze Games- Mammoth

Kamikaze Games- Mammoth

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA  Last official race of the year took us back to Mammoth mountain in California. The Pro GRT series had 5 stops, and this was the last one to seal the deal. Coming in, Bryn and I both were leading the series, so it was even better to walk away with both the pro men's and pro women's National championship series.

Andorra- World Champs final...

Final race of the International calendar went high into the Pyrenees Mountains, down steep, technical terrain of the Andorran landscape. With a bit of nasty weather all week, the course had a few challenges with traction, but it was the relenting grade and length that were the hardest feat.

Luxury of Dirt Vid..

Luxury of Dirt Vid..

Sombrio is having a contest on social media for you win an awesome guided bike trip and a stockpile of gear to wear!!! You just have to post your #luxuryofdirt on instagram with a photo and follow contest rules to win gear through Aug 27th....

Coaching interview

From humble beginnings in Washington State, Jill Kintner has grown into one of the best riders in the world. Jill’s professional BMX career began when she was 14, and progressed into winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jill’s abilities extend beyond BMX, evident in her progression into downhill and slalom mountain biking....

SKILLS CLASS @ Stevens PASS

SKILLS CLASS @ Stevens PASS

Learn to shred with world class mountain bikers Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson at their home resort in the Stevens Pass bike park

Crankworx Canada

Crankworx Canada

Just finished up a mega week at Crankworx. Went 3 for 3 in all my events, and got to see some impressive shows, photo contest, dirt diaries (which is hillarious), a women's yoga class with Juliana, slopestyle Joyride event, and mingle a bit with our friends and sponsors:) I signed up for Canadian open as well, but didn't get any practice and was really tired by saturday. 

Beyond the bike

Beyond the bike

Jill Kintner is one of Dirt's all-time favourite riders. She can (and will) ride any kind of bike on the dirt and is a proven World Champion... she's an inspiration too.

GMBN - Global Mountain Bike Network

Looking for legit tips to improve your riding?? The Don, and Marc Beaumont are doing an awesome job as pro riders explaining all kinds of stuff. It's rad how thorough they are, with some humor and sick riding. Check it out for how to, gear review, bike checks, explaining setups, etc. I've watched dozens of them.

Little interview on Girls MTB Ride .net

“Bikes are fun and everyone knows it!”

Jill Kintner…. Three time 4x World Champion… multiple Downhill World Cup podium finisher and … Olympic bronze medalist!

15 time NATIONAL CHAMP

Just won 3 more National pro titles this weekend, making 15 elite pro- one day- National Championships.

This time one in a new discipline- ENDURO, so I am now up to 5 disciplines, but Enduro is Sooo hot right now:) too bad pumptrack doesn't count. Anywho,,,Mammoth was really kind to me, and I am grateful to have had the ability and energy to get it done.

Austria to Angelfire

New Mexico is like another world compared to the Austrian Alps (where I came from), but for the Southwest the bike park at Angelfire is really fun, with over 60 miles of trails, 10,000+ feet of elevation, and one of the longest chairlifts in the world. Worth a visit.

Podium in Austria! WC#3

WORLD CUP #3 - LEOGANG, AUSTRIA LEOGANG, Austria - JUNE 14, 2015 - Got another top 5 to make that my 5th World Cup Downhill Podium!! Austria is one of my all time favorite places, and I did this as a solo trip working on my own bike with minimal support! Feels good:) 

World Cup #3 Austria

Well, I'm trying something new, I flew to Austria by myself the other day to race a World Cup. No team, no mechanic, no bryn, but what I do have is speed, a good bike, awesome sponsors like Shimano and fox who offer tech support, and a solid track record at Leogang. Things change sometimes, but I can tell you that after doing a lot of racing in my own country and having fun winning , I still miss racing the best girls in the world :) I have nothing to lose, and have worked hard physically and mentally to be here, so ultimately I want to be here, am prepared for opportunity, and austria is my fav.

The first two world cups of the seson looked anything but fun, glad I was not there. Seems like they broke a few people's spirits. Hopefully I can capitalize on being fresh.

The event is this weekend, you can watch on redbull.tv ... Wish me luck.

Pro Grt #2 - Mountain Creek bikepark- NJ

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Round #2 of the Pro Gravity tour rolled into Mountain Creek resort in Vernon, NJ. It's about an hour outside of NYC, so flying into Newark airport and getting there is super easy. I think it's a really good venue as far as having a hotel on site, chairlift, fun trails with enough technical rock features, a bike shop on site etc. The town itself is pretty deep into the country, but mountain resorts are kinda like that. 

They also have the world's deadliest waterpark next door, I guess.

anyway, it was a really good turnout, with some big names in attendance. Bryn held it down as a token australian to keep things international . Well Remi was there from canada, and there was also a really quick Colombian rider. Well I wasn't really paying attention, could've been more. I did hear a few queebs, but that also counts for canada.

either way, the track was fun to ride, fast, the event ran really smooth, awesome prize money, cool trophy, easy logistics, and a lot of up and coming us talent. We are lucky to have a good national series again.

good job Usacycling:) and Mtn creek, and all involved.

NW CuP #2

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Our local race scene is pretty fun, so I cruised out to Round 2 of the NW Cup to get some more valuable race experience leading into the summer.

I took a win, as did Luke Strobel in the men's class. Bryn had some other stuff going on, so a successful solo mission out there. My bike was feeling good after a few days messing with suspension and testing it out at speed.  Big thanks to my sponsors:) and the Melvin family racing, for running a tight program with good company and delicious food :)