Who Is Cannondale's Rising Enduro Star Kera Linn?

Jan 21, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
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Who is Kera Linn?


Just a girl who always loves riding her bike.

Where are you from and where do you live now?


I grew up in Iowa (not Ohio), which is in the middle of the United States very far from the mountains. I moved to Utah in 2018 but spend more of the year on the road than in Utah.

Who are your sponsors?


Cannondale, SRAM, Rockshox, Maxxis, Stan’s NoTubes, ION, Ride Concepts

What bike(s) do you ride?


My Cannondale Jekyll is my primary bike. But since signing with Cannondale my eyes are open to all sorts of different biking avenues like gravel, dirt jumping/pump track, cross country, etc. I see the benefits of training on numerous different types of bikes.


What does a typical day look like for you?


Wake up and coffee while I work on the computer for my other job as a dietitian. By noon I am ready to eat a bowl of oats and then get out for a long pedal ride or bike park laps at Deer Valley. If I am lucky, I meet up with friends and mess around at jumps, pumptrack, etc. Then dinner and bed!

What are your strengths?


Tracks that are open and technical. I like steep, techy rock sections, drops, and jumps.

What are your weaknesses?


Memorizing trails. Horrible. Also tight, flat corners. Taking photos for social media. Resting/days off.

What’s your biking story, from when you started riding up until now?


My biking story started a little later than most…at age 24 in 2017. I competed in soccer and 3-event waterskiing in college. After graduating I was looking for a new sport I could learn and found out about “mountain biking” (no mountains in Iowa). I bought a $500 hardtail and rode the local single-track for a year and took part in a couple xc races. After an Outerbike trip to Crested Butte where I got to ride a real full suspension bike on trails that weren’t flat, I decided to leave my job and move to the mountains in hopes that one day I could be a competitive racer. My first day in Utah I competed at a Utah DH series race and won first place in the pro category. I only signed up for pro assuming I would get last place but knew that I could work towards a better placement by the end of the season. This surprising result got me all fired up to continue racing and riding as much as I could. Then next two years I primarily raced the pro GRT downhill race series and a couple US enduro races. Here I am a couple years later with an amazing opportunity to ride my bike around the world.


What made you want to focus on enduro?


Downhill was enticing to me right off the bat because I like jumps and technical riding and had no cycling endurance for long stages. But now as I learn more, Enduro is the most appealing because the tracks are still gnarly… with the bonus of being blind. But, you have to be dedicated to training for the long stages and long days on the bike. I love to train and spend as much time on the bike as I can so enduro is a good fit.

You’ve made an impressive splash on the racing scene pretty quickly. What has that been like?


The last couple years has been crazy fun. I spent the first 24 years of my life in a completely different world away from bikes and now I am trying to make up for lost time so I am trying my hardest to progress quickly and that means racing at every chance I can get. I’ve put myself in a lot of situations that were above my skill level. For example, in 2019 at the peanut butter mud, Windrock Pro GRT DH race. I was still brand new to mountain biking and especially wet trails and a DH bike… hitting all the big features at the end of the race was nerve wrecking but I knew if I wanted to get on the podium I had to hit them. I finished 5th place so it all worked out and had no injuries but I definitely had some gnarly crashes that weekend trying to survive. I still have a long way to go and I am not really impressed by any of my past results. Instead, I look at them as part of the learning curve for a season in the near future where my skills are more developed and I can win some big races.

What riding accomplishments are you most proud of?


Just getting to a level where I can ride any trail at a respectable speed. Early on it was intimidating riding with really fast people because I’d fall behind because I’d get tripped up on a section or fall ☺

What’s your favorite part of a race weekend?


Riding my bike all day with friends. Races where we all get to camp out in a parking lot and hang out by a fire are my favorite.

Where is your favorite place to ride?


Deer Valley bike park in Park City!

What has been your worst crash over the years?


Probably breaking my collar bone at National Champs in 2019. I clipped my pedal at the top of a steep section and just sent me over the bars straight to the very bottom.

Who or what inspires you?


Hard working and driven people. I’m inspired by Braydon Bringhurst because he also took a long detour in other sports before he found mountain biking. He is so driven that this hasn’t held him back and has already made a big splash in the MTB world. Also a great role model for all of us to look up to.


What annoys you?


Cities.

What makes you happy?


Riding my bikes, whether it’s with friends or alone with my music.

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?


Any other sport with my family. My parents and three other siblings are really good athletes and since none of them mountain bike we always have fun competing in spikeball, water sports, tennis, basketball, pickleball, volleyball, etc.

How do you want to be remembered?


As a tough competitor who is respectful and always down for a good time and a laugh.

What does the future hold for you?


Continue my dream as a mountain bike racer and I hope to win some big races. I have the support from some amazing companies and lucky enough to be on an enduro roster at Cannondale with Mitch Ropelato and Ella Conolly so there are no excuses!




47 Comments

  • 43 0
 Very specfically chosen straight on photos I see. Come on, when is the new bike gonna be released, we've already seen it on socials
  • 11 2
 Patience is a virtue, grasshopper.
  • 13 0
 @Offrhodes:
You must be new here. The comments section wants bikes to have 26” wheels and wants them Right Now.
  • 6 0
 @gafoto: Don't forget all the water bottle mounts it needs to have
  • 1 0
 the bike is coming very soon, its already got production paint
  • 4 1
 First time I have been excited about a new Cannondale in about 25 years
  • 7 0
 So... I just happened to be riding at Kanuga the same day she was, I was climbing up a fire road when I saw some people coming down the trail that crossed the fire road. So I stopped to let them go buy, but she stopped infront of me and I got a good minute too look at the bike. Looked awesome, complete redesign from the old model.
  • 1 0
 @wlkr104: Is it similar to what we've already seen floating on the forums? Some talk of a high pivot style system. Were you able to see anything of the sort?
  • 2 0
 @jovesaxa: I have not looked at forums but I have seen the leaked pictures from a while ago. This is what it looked(the link) like but from what I remember the frame looked better/cleaner looking/linkage not as bulky(or maybe because it was a womens size it looked smaller ). I did not see the drive side but it did not look like a high pivot. It did have the shock tucked up in the down tube.


www.pinkbike.com/news/spotted-a-better-look-at-cannondales-new-enduro-bike.html
  • 1 0
 @jovesaxa: now that I think about it, it very well could have had a high pivot. I just did not see that side and I did not really realize what I was looking at at first. Im also a little sad I didnt try to get quick picture of it.
  • 2 0
 @wlkr104: Yup, it does have the high pivot. I was there on the same day and got a good look at both bikes.
  • 2 0
 @wlkr104: yup I was there that day too. I saw longer travel and the tool bits mount found on the scalpel and was like, "oh ok, new Cannondale, nice"
  • 1 0
 @manglermixer: that galaxy purple color looked cool too.
  • 1 0
 @wlkr104: Lol. Sounds like a case of the "Would've, could've, should'ves"... three things I say often when trying to look good on my bike. I'm looking forward to seeing the release photos/write ups/reviews. Our family has owned a few Cannondale (Trigger, Jekyll, Habit) and loved them all. But... I think the new Salsa Cassidy/Blackthorn is in our future.
  • 1 0
 @jaib06 lol Yup, scoured the talking points for a clue about new bike, speed scrolled the pics looking for details of new bike.

Instead it's "What annoys you?".

[Frank Costanza voice] I'll tell you what annoys me!
  • 2 1
 Why waiting, it's just a cannondale.
  • 3 0
 @jovesaxa: I was there too, it’s high pivot/idler pulley and dope AF. She’s an absolute shredder too!
  • 7 1
 Kera is such a genuine person and a true athlete. The kind of person you’d like to hang with and shred on the bike with. Seeing her progression since she moved to Utah has been amazing as it’s only been a handful of years that she’s been riding. She’s hungrier than just about anyone I’ve ever known and because of that there’s much to come.
  • 18 0
 Stop with your dietician jokes.
  • 3 0
 Super anecdotal point here, but it's interesting how many women seem to get into the sport relatively late from a competitive sense and dominate. I'm primarily thinking of Annika Langvad. I wonder why that is? Pro women's cycling is brutal.
  • 2 0
 yeah I agree... like how many men have started riding mtb in 2017 and are competing at such a high level by 2021?? Doesn't even seem like she touched a bike until then either. There are plenty of life long riders who have switched disciplines but this is on a whole other level.
  • 1 0
 Action sports participation is almost always directly linked to parental or guardian participation and early introduction at a young age. You see it in skiing and snowboarding or other sports like hockey and soccer. Its more likely that a young boy will be introduced to the sport by his parents (probably father), or be inspired to ride by the many many riders who "look like him". That's why that phrase "representation matters" is so key. When you see someone who "looks like you" do cool shit in a sport, you're more likely to want to try that cool shit too!
  • 1 0
 @codiiiiiiiiiiie: Oh I wholeheartedly agree! I'm just interested as to why it seems women who start a little later definitely seem more competitive. I mean Langvad started in her mid or late 20s IIRC but most men at the top of the podium/a similar level of competitiveness seem to have started earlier. Especially considering her competitors started at such a young age. I doubt there is any physiological mechanism (at least on a gender-wide basis) causing this and it's probably just a few distinct individuals somehow just happened to start MTB and really just "get" it. As for parent participation, I know about parent participation all too well lol.
  • 1 0
 @WE-NEED-MORE-ROOST: it likely has something to do with a level of maturity and laser focus that comes with being a bit older. Not to discredit younger racers at all though. The focus and drive that junior and early elite riders have is incredible. But having a competitive edge combined with maybe some years of experience in what you need to do to win and excitement of a new sport definitely helps
  • 5 0
 Maybe it's time to release the Jekyll...
  • 7 0
 They're Hyde-ing it really well in this video....
  • 4 0
 Nice to see there is one other person from Iowa (not Idaho) out there riding mountain bikes.
  • 1 0
 Is Idaho that state in the midwest with all of that corn? I live in Boise, but am unsure.
  • 4 0
 How many shocks will Cannondale be slappin on their new enduro rig?
  • 4 1
 Cant wait to see how kera does on a bike with some good support behind her! Always a fun time hanging at the races with her.
  • 3 2
 Is she in the witness protection program? Have we really reached the point where it's politically incorrect to show a picture of someone's face?
  • 5 0
 Under embargo.
  • 1 0
 @twozerosix: lucky embargo !
  • 2 0
 From biking cornfields to Canfield bikes to Cannondale!
  • 1 0
 Hells yeah Kera!! Such as bad ass. Can't wait to see you back on the trails!
  • 2 0
 Does anybody here remember Kera Linn?
  • 2 0
 She’s gonna crush it! Strong move for cannondale
  • 1 0
 Where were these pics taken? I swear it looks like Pisgah to me.
  • 2 0
 Kanuga bike park
  • 1 0
 @wlkr104: Yep, @ridesmoothbro just dropped that rock there too.
  • 1 0
 After thai video the question is still who the beeep is Linn?
  • 1 1
 Deer Valley in Park City is that in Duplo land?
  • 1 0
 Lets see the bike!
  • 1 0
 10/10!
  • 1 0
 Kera Gwinn
  • 1 0
 Right!?
  • 1 2
 Meh

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