NiteRider PRO-Rider/ Jill Martindale
Jill Martindale is the Events Coordinator for the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She loves to get people excited about riding bikes and is one of the co-founders of Skirts in the Dirt, Michigan’s first women-only mountain bike race. Outside of the bike shop, Jill organizes women’s group rides, kid’s bicycle safety events and skills clinics, and she walks dogs for the local humane society. Jill loves bike-packing and touring, and has ridden around three of the Great Lakes self-supported. She’s looking forward to finishing the other two and maybe someday doing the Tour Divide!?
Jill tore her ACL skating with the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls in 2012, and started mountain bike racing to fulfill her competitive spirit before she could return to skate. She fell in love with it and decided to trade in her skates and elbow pads for more time in the saddle. Jill has since taken 2nd overall female in the 2014 Great Lakes Fat Bike Series, 4th place at the 2014 Lumberjack 100, 2nd female, 6th overall at the 2014 12 hours at Wausau, and 2nd female, 5th overall at the first inaugural 12 hours Nite Nationals in Auburn, Alabama this past October. Racing in the snow is her favorite way to race, and it’s helped her build up a great base for endurance racing. She’s hoping to mix her love of bike-packing, endurance racing, and fat biking by signing up for her first winter ultra at the 2015 Tuscobia 150.
With working full time at the bike shop during the winter it’s hard to hit the trails before the sun goes down, so it’s important to have a good, reliable set of lights to ride with. Riding at night is totally different from riding during the day — it’s so much fun you feel like you’re getting away with something! Jill’s excited to keep training and to use NiteRider lights to help her ride more during the winter months and to get faster at riding single track once the sun goes down.