Jake Paddon comes from quick bloodlines. His cousin Hayden Paddon is at the top of the world rally circuit and Jake shares his need for speed. He is no household name but is an up and comer on the enduro scene to watch out for. He has just qualified for the 2018 EWS series and is ready to deal to the world like he has been on his local trails.
Although competitive in the local NZ scene Jake travelled to Europe in 2017 to Push himself in the European Enduro races.
The level of riding in Europe is high, much much higher than New Zealand and with that I have learnt masses and learnt it quickly. I went there fitter, faster and stronger than previous years and left in an even better position.
Jake competed in 5 out 8 EWS rounds, Learning a huge amount in the process.
With some struggles in the European rounds my overall results weren’t there, but when it all came together, the speed was there and I was exactly where I had aimed for.
One convenient thing about living in the southern hemisphere is having all summer to train before the EWS kicks off in Lo Barnechea in March.
I'm looking forward to taking what I have learnt from racing in Europe last year and heading to Chile not so much faster, but smarter and more consistent.
Weapon of choice, 2018 Yeti SB6c.
Jake has gone for a few custom additions, an Extreme Racing Shox Storia coil takes care of the rear end. An oval chainring by absoluteBLACK has drawn a few comments, Jake tells me they're worth a go – he loves it. I guess they have moved on from the biopace days.