It’s not often we talk about 'competitor' titles, but in the cycling world we know that at the end of the day, we're all cyclists and we're all striving for the same goals.
And that’s why we’re highlighting this very special story.
Mountain bike magazine Singletrack recently announced that Deputy Editor Jenn Hill has been living with cancer, and that her treatment options have now come to an end. She is leaving the title to spend her last few months with friends and loved ones.
Jenn has a reputation as an awesome and versatile rider. A friend remembers riding alongside her on the Tour Divide, a 2745 mile self-supported mountain bike race from the Canadian Rockies to the Mexican Plateau, and then seeing her lined up on the start line at Megavalanche, a down hill event in the Alps. “She never shouted about it but she was exceptional at what she did," he told me.
She is also a brilliant writer and editor with high standards and a passion for the sport that shines through in her work. Singletrack is probably the only UK print MTB title to regularly put women riders on the cover. I’m guessing Jenn had a hand in that decision.
In short, when it comes to women’s mountain biking, she has paved the way for us all to follow.
A Singletrack forum reader has suggested a way to encourage us all to have more adventures on our bikes in honour of Jenn: simply stop mid ride and mark the moment with a photo that features the hashtag #forjenn, then share it on social media.
It allows for a moment of self-reflection, as well as being a way for Jenn to share in our adventures.
We will be sharing our rides #forjenn, and we hope you will join us.
Singletrack are donating a percentage of proceeds from the sale of their 100th issue memorabilia to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. Read more and about Jenn and how to support her nomintated charities here: