This is Home
This is Home takes us back to the roots of Shimano athletes Jill Kintner, Carson Storch, Greg Minnaar, Tom Van Steenbergen, Thomas Genon, Richie Rude and Brett Rheeder - back to where their true passion for riding bikes was born - at home. Each of these riders has competed on the world's highest stages, in the most exotic places around the world, but there's something about home that can't be replaced or forgotten.
For the latest edition of “This is Home”, we go to the Pacific Northwest to visit Jill Kintner, an athlete of Shimano for over 7 years, and one of the most decorated female athletes on two wheels. Her career highlights include a Bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic games in BMX, three consecutive UCI 4X World titles, Downhill World Cup podiums, Crankworx overall titles, and an outstanding 19 elite USA National Championships across 5 disciplines. Jill’s accomplishments are the result of hard work and perseverance, showing full commitment to whatever she puts her mind to.
Jill take us in to show us makes her tick - her husband Bryn Atkinson, also a professional mountain biker and Jill’s main training partner, the art that puts her mind at ease, and the community around her that embraces mountain biking and the trails that exist.
Carson Storch is quickly emerging as one of the top American-born freeride mountain bikers. Growing up in the action sports mecca of Bend, Oregon, has allowed Carson to go all-in on his career as a professional mountain biker. Voted America’s Top Mountain Biking Town, Bend is the premier destination for those seeking outdoor adventure.
The G.O.A.T of Downhill Racing
Hailing from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Greg Minnaar has established his legacy in the world of Downhill Mountain Biking. He has won and podiumed more than any other Male Downhill MTB athlete ever.
We visited Greg at home for a week to get a glimpse at what home means to him and the family behind him.
There really is no place like home for Tom Van Steenbergen..
Tom Van Steenbergen is a relatively quiet and reserved guy who lets his riding do his talking for him. He first exploded into the scene with a 70 foot front flip attempt that appeared in Anthill Film's UnReal movie in 2014. Since then, Tom has attempted another monster front flip during the 2014 Red Bull Rampage that he unfortunately wasn't able to ride away from. Tom's front flip attempt is widely accepted as one of the burliest freeride tricks ever attempted
Behind the Scenes with the FMB World Champ
For the Thomas Genon, the 2015 FMB Overall Champion, home is somewhere he can feel good and ride everyday. Being from Belgium, the weather is always a challenge for Thomas. As a result he spends most of his time on the road, although something about Belgium will always feel like home for Tommy.
2x Enduro World Series Champion - Richie Rude
“Home to me is everything familiar; where I know every street, every trail, every store and all my family is there. Its where I can just relax and focus on training and not worry about what hotel we are going to next”
Welcome to the Rheeder Compound
"My home has always been in Ontario. I wanted to tell the story of where I live and where I come from, my whole family lives within 50km of each other in Southern Ontario. My cousins let me use their farm land to build the course. We hoped the dirt was going to be good, but as soon as we dug into the ground we knew it was gold and the best part is it’s only 4kms from my house."