Jenn Hopkins is a British cross-country and super endurance mountain bike rider. She is also well known for her work as a writer, editor and contributor to various bike magazines and more general titles, as a book author and as an ambassador for women’s cycling in the UK.
As a rider, Jenn competes in a variety of cross-country and endurance events. She placed second at the Single Speed World Championships at Aviemore in Scotland in 2007. The SSWC, as the name suggests is only open to riders of singlespeed and fixed-gear bikes, although most of the riders use mountain bikes. She managed to survive the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which sees riders traverse almost 3,000 miles of North America from Banff in Alberta, Canada, to Antelope Wells in New Mexico. She has also competed in the Megavalanche downhill endurance event.
As a freelance biking writer, in the cycling press Jenn has contributed regularly to What Mountain Bike and worked as Deputy Editor at Singletrack Magazine. In the national press, she has provided mountain bike advice for The Guardian newspaper. She is also the author of the book ‘Maintaining Mountain Bikes: The Do It Yourself Guide’ along with co-author Melanie Allwood. This book is aimed at the less mechanically-minded mountain biker and provides an easy ‘how to’ instruction manual for the daily upkeep, maintenance and repair of your bike. While aimed specifically at mountain bikers, the book is general enough to be useful to those of us who also ride other classes of bicycle.