📍 Oro Medonte, Ontario, Canada
🏁 AWI Racing
Jennifer Jackson, but most call me Jenn, others call me Jackson, some call me JJ, and some just bark… Spent several years trying to be a really fast cross country skier, but then discovered mountain biking was much more fun. Currently enjoying working to become a world class cyclist and studying to save the environment in my second post-secondary program.
Aspire to live a fulfilling life, keep the expectations low but hopes high, and to forever be a lifestyle athlete. Have some dreams.
From 2013-2016, I was a member of the Thunder Bay National Team Development Centre for cross country skiing, and then went on to train and compete independently in 2017. Those four seasons were highlighted by representing Canada at two World Championships, 7 World Cup starts, a Canada Games gold medal, two Junior National titles, one U23 National title, and multiple National and NorAm podiums. While in Thunder Bay, I also completed my Mechanical Engineering Technologists Diploma at Lakehead University. What I learned in my skiing pursuits and subsequent burnout has shaped much of my attitude towards what it means to be an athlete and the life I aspire to live.
Summer 2017 saw the start of a new athletic chapter in mountain biking. Pages turned quickly as the season turned into a highlight reel with a U23 National Championship title, two silver medals and a bronze at the Canada Summer Games, and qualification for the World Championships. Unfortunately the dream debut season came to a jarring halt at the World Cup in Mont Sainte-Anne with a broken knee-cap that would put me out for rest of the year.
For 2018, the year started with an exciting win at the classic Paris to Ancaster gravel race in April. From there it was back on the trails for a string of podiums brought me to the top of the Canada Cup Series board – a mark of improvement and consistency as a first year Elite. The summer concluded with a Provincial Championship title, a 150km 8 Hour Solo, and a race of epic proportions at the Oz Trails Off-Road.
In the fall, I dove in to my fist cyclocross season which brought surprise 5th and 2nd place finishes at the PanAmerican and National Championships, respectively. With these results, I qualified to represent Canada on the World Cup during Kerstperiod (a condensed period of 2 World Cups and 3 big C1 races in Belgium). It was an amazing experience, I learned an indigestible amount about bike racing, notched some exciting results, and will undoubtably pursue more cyclocross next year.
Currently enrolled full-time in the Environmental Technology program at Georgian College, working part-time for good and necessary measure, and banking training hours to get ready for 2019. Next years’ mountain bike calendar will be a mix of Canadian and World Cups, gravel races, local mountain bike events, and National Championships at Hardwood in July. Cyclocross will commence early fall.
Please check out the blog for news, updates, and a little more flavour of life.
On the bike…
1st – XCO Canada Cup, Sherbrooke, QC.
1st – XCO Canada Cup, Baie Saint Paul, QC.
2nd – XCC Canada Cup, Baie Saint Paul, QC.
31st – XCO World Cup, Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
31st – XCO World Cup, Albstadt, Germany.
1st – Paris to Ancaster, ON.
5th – XCO Canada Cup, Victoria, BC.
2018 (reverse chronological)
10th – CX GP Sven Nys , Baal, Belgium.
28th – CX World Cup, Zolder, Belgium.
33rd – CX World Cup, Namur, Belgium.
2nd – CX National Championships, Peterborough, ON.
5th – CX Pan-American Championships, Midland, ON.
150km – 8 Hour Solo, Hardwood Ski and Bike, ON.
1st – Ontario Provincial Championships, Kelso, ON.
1st – Canada Cup Series Overall, Nationwide.
2nd – Canada Cup, Kentville, NS.
5th – XCO National Championships, Canmore, AB.
5th – XCO Canada Cup, Hardwood Ski and Bike, ON.
2nd – XCO Canada Cup, Horseshoe Valley, ON.
3rd – Road Provincial Championships, Kitchener, ON.
2nd – XCO Canada Cup, Mont Tremblant, QC.
2nd – XCO Canada Cup, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC.
2nd – XCC Canada Cup, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC.
1st – Paris to Ancaster, ON.
18th – XCO US Cup, Bonelli, CA, USA.
16th – XCO US Cup, Fontana, CA, USA.
7th – XCO Canada Cup, Bear Mountain, BC.
2017 (reverse chronological)
2nd – Canada Summer Games XCO (U23), Winnipeg MB
2nd – Canada Summer Games Relay, Winnipeg MB
3rd – Canada Summer Games XCE, Winnipeg MB
1st – National Championships (U23), Canmore AB
7th Elite – Canada Cup, Horseshoe Valley ON
4th Elite – Canada Cup, Baie Saint Paul QC
8th Elite – Canada Cup, Mont Tremblent QC
4th – Ontario Road Provincial Championships (1st U23), Owen Sound ON
1st – Ontario Mountain Bike Provincial Championships (1st U23), Haliburton ON
On the skinny skis…
2nd – 50km Skate, Gatineau Loppet.
2016-17 Highlights (2nd year U23)
U23 World Championship Team
21st – Classic Sprint, World U23 Championships
1st – 50km Classic, Gatineau Loppet
1st – 50km Skate, Sleeping Giant Loppet
2nd – 5km Skate, National Championships (1st – U23)
2015-16 Highlights (1st year U23)
Ski Tour Canada, World Cup Finals Team
U23 World Championship Team
3rd – Classic Sprint, Canmore NorAm
2nd – Skate Sprint, Lappe NorAm (1st – U23 Trials)
2nd – 10k Classic, Lappe NorAm (1st – U23 Trials)
2nd – Skate Sprint, Eastern Canadian Championships
29th – Skate Sprint, World U23 Championships
2014-15 Highlights (Junior)
1st – Classic Sprint, Canada Winter Games
3rd – 5k Skate, National Championships
1st – 10k Classic, National Championships (4th Senior)
2nd – Classic Sprint, National Championships
1st – 20k Skate, National Championships
2013 Junior National Champion in 5km individual skate & 10km mass start skate, 3rd in classic sprint, and 2nd Overall Aggregate.
2012 Yuletide Blast – 1st
2010 OFSAA Nordic – 1st
Other Sporting Achievements
Lappe Sawdust Run course record – 21:36.5
10km road PB – 37:18
Did 12 pullups in a row once
2nd place in Eastview dodgeball tournament in 2011