In her debut into World Enduro, Jill Kintner took the field by storm on March 30-31 in Derby, Tasmania, placing 2nd amongst the world’s best. Enduro is a true test of skill and fitness, riding for nearly 6 hours and competing in 6 race stages or "downhill-ish" type runs for the cumulated timed results. With 6000 feet of elevation gain and about 28 miles of riding, Derby delivered a beautiful mix of granite rock gardens and flowy rainforest single track. Anything can happen over the stretch of the day, so consistency at the end was quite an achievement for Jill who can now add a World Enduro podium to her long list of accolades.
EWS Total Stages: 6
Technical Physical Grading Score: Maximum
“Well I didn’t expect to come 2nd and get a couple stage wins at my first World Enduro, but I am stoked to hold it together and survive the big days! Not an easy task to find the flow, adapt to new trails, and race with fatigue. I was really stressed out all week with so many unknowns, and the inability to be perfect. Mistakes happen and you have to keep moving forward. I had no mechanicals, one crash, some conservative braking at times, and consumed a lot of snacks. I have a lot of respect for these Enduro racers, and the Derby trails which are some of the best in the world. I really enjoyed our time here amongst all our Aussie friends and am so glad it went well!
Big thanks to the Atkinson bros Bryn and Rhys, mum Janet, our Aussie family, my mechanic Ray Waxham who was an invaluable resource for this type of event, fans for all the cheers, Red Bull HP, Coach Spencer Paxson, and most of all thank you to all my sponsors who supported this change into the unknown! It’s been so fun learning new things and pushing out of my comfort zone. Yewwwww.” - Jill Kintner
All images by Bryn Atkinson