If you ask Jeanine to tell you about her first few MTB rides a mere year and a half ago, she would undoubtably bring up the fact that, though she was brand new at the sport, she knew she wanted to experience more than just group rides.... She wanted to race. And race she did. She competed with the top 10 in her division at this year's Over The Hump race series, she took 2nd Overall in Rim Nordic this year, she's currently standing in 2nd Place in the SoCal Endurance 6 Hrs of Temecula Series, and she was the 2nd Female to cross the line at the Warrior's Society's Trabuco Challenge (her 2nd official race, in fact!) Quite an impressive racing resume for a seasoned veteran, let alone a first year racer.
This year's Trabuco Challenge was life-changing for her, and she says that it was, hands down, her favorite race so far. She's seemed to catch the Endurance bug. Next season she has big plans of upgrading her division, taking on some heavy-hitters in the form of Downieville, Vision Quest, and the Whiskey 50. She also hopes to tackle a few Enduro races.
Right now you'll find her putting in some hard training for this years' Grinduro gravel-grinder race, and the upcoming Counting Coup. On racing for Troupe, Jeanine didn't quite know where to start,"Troupe is so unique from everything else out there, and I knew I wanted to be a part of something special. Everyone shares the same passion of two wheels. Coaching, support, and friendships. What more could I ask for, the camaraderie is insane!"
After a race, you'll find her scarfing down pickles and a coke, swiftly followed by a cold Belgian Tripel, and you'll probably hear her pull up to any given race blasting AC/DC's "Hells Bells" through the car stereo. The live edition, of course.
Bike: new Santa Cruz Highball, with all the X Fusion fix'ins.
2016 racing highlights: 1st Counting Coup, 2nd Overall female in Warrior’s Society’s Queen of the Mountain Series, SoCal Endurance series 1st place Overall in women's duo, and a Grinduro finish.
'17 goals: Improve my Counting Coup time, and gain experience in all the different races in our area.
Currently training for: Counting Coup, Whiskey 50 & Downieville!