Getting to Know Robin Goomes, the First Woman to Backflip in a Crankworx Competition

Jun 23, 2021 at 12:18
by Alicia Leggett  
Robin Goomes was cruising at first before turning up the heat in finals.

Robin Goomes is out there making New Zealand proud. She recently won the Crankworx Innsbruck Whip-Off, put down a respectable downhill run for 14th place in a super stacked field, and placed 4th in Speed & Style with the first backflip ever by a woman in a Crankworx competition - first six backflips, actually, if we're counting. She was also an alternate rider for Red Bull Formation, helping build lines in the desert before getting on a plane to Europe. Now, she's in Italy for the first two EWS rounds and will head to France for Megavalanche before returning home to keep crushing it at Crankworx Rotorua.

Who is Robin Goomes?

I'm a 24yo Kiwi girl and all round MTB frother!

Where are you from and where do you live now?

From the Chatham Islands a rather small and isolated Island 800km(ish) off the east coast of New Zealand, now living in Rotorua.

How did you start mountain biking?

I grew up riding motos and done some BMX racing at high school so I was always pretty into bikes. I was in the Army when a friend had just started to get into MTB and took me to the local spot in Palmerston North, we went down a grade 5 called Kissing Rock that I spent more time walking than riding but I was determined to learn how to ride that whole trail which led to me buying a bike asap.

Robin Goomes poses for a dig day portrait at Red Bull Formation in Virgin Utah USA on 26 May 2021.

Who are your sponsors?

Yeti Cycles, Mons Royale, Wide Open NZ, DVO NZ, POC sports, ENVE components, SDG Components, ODI Grips, Boons Valley Transport. Stoked to have such rad people backing me, thanks team!

What bike(s) do you ride?

Yeti SW B165 built up as a downhill / freeride bike.
Yeti SB150 enduro bike.
And a Polygon Tridd ZZ slope bike.

Hell of a week for Robin Goomes and into the top 15.

What is a typical day for you?

No two days are the same. I have pretty casual work so somedays it's driving MTB shuttles in the Whakarewarewa forest. Other days it's gym, ride, or both. Either pedaling in the forest, dirt jumps, or shuttles. Always keen for a mission!

What riding accomplishments are you most proud of?

Having fun, backflips to dirt, 1st at the NZ Open, and 2nd at NZ downhill nationals.

History was made today as Robin Goomes became the first women to flip her bike in speed and style. Big ups to her.

What are your strengths?

I'd say focus. Once I decide I want to do something I will follow through.

What are your weaknesses?

Most recently trip planning, admin, logistics. That stuff is a skill I don't yet have dialled.

Mons Royale Future Ground

What are you most excited for this season?

Learning! This is my first trip overseas with bikes, I have learned so much already and really pumped to just be out of NZ and getting amongst it all.

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Queenstown, NZ. I spent a lot of time there this summer, it's insane. I haven't been many places though.

Who or what inspires you?

All of the kiwi MTB riders having a crack on the world stage. It's a huge commitment to travel from the bottom of the world to attempt making it in the sport but there are so many kiwis crushing it and proving that it is all possible.

Do you have a favorite motto or saying?

If not now, when?

What you do think about the future of mountain biking?

There are some suuuper talented groms out there. I think they are on another level already and when they come through they are going to take MTB to another level!

Mons Royale Future Ground

What does the future hold for you?

After two rounds of EWS in Italy, I'll be racing the Megavalanche in France then back home to prep for Crankworx Rotorua, also maybe do a cheeky edit this summer, and keep chipping away at the dream!

Follow along with Robin on Instagram at @robin_riding_hood.

Whip Off women s podium 1st Robin Goomes 2nd Casey Brown 3rd Jess Blewitt


  • 52 2
 So awesome to see such progress on the ladies side of freeride, with respect to both the riding and the coverage/attention/opportunities.
  • 22 0
 Yes yes yes!!! Awesome work.
  • 16 1
 Robin is breaking barriers: First women to land a backflip in competition and first women to get robbed by the judges. Way to go Goomes!
  • 4 0
 I did a few tuck no handers in my day (tho not on a jump nearly that big), but never done a backflip on a bike. So I'm no expert, but it sure seems like a backflip is significantly more difficult. Anyone well versed in both care to chime in?

Goomes was landing them perfectly too, so smooth everytime. It was impressive.
  • 11 0
 Go Robin. Killing it
  • 10 2
 Robin got robbed.
Also, she’s the future of free riding, and she’s already here. Keep killing it lady shredders!
  • 6 0
 Came here to say this! Very low score for her flips in the womans race...
  • 5 0
 Couldn't agree more! You could even hear it in the commentators voices when they were announcing her score/time in the speed and style.
  • 9 0
 Shout out to Cory Coffey. She did a backflip, in competition, in 2001
  • 6 0
 Mick Hannah’s first wife was back flipping nearly 20 years ago. Robin you are the future. Good luck.
  • 3 0
 Wasn't her name Hannah Stephens? So when they got married she was or could have been Hannah Hannah?
  • 3 0
 @ReubenSandwich: her whole name a palindrome ? So cool

(Note : that isnt Alaskan governor's surveillance tool)
  • 3 1
  • 5 1
  • 1 0
 @ReubenSandwich: Hannah Steffens, I believe. But yes
  • 4 0
 @Intense4life: username checks out
  • 1 2
 @mechaNICK: lol nice one Nick . 214m of vertical. Hahahaha. And your a nut twister to boot. I have to admit I didn’t know they had mountain biking in Minnesota. Cool. Well biking. Still cool.
  • 2 0
 @Intense4life: IMBA gold-rated ride center in Duluth, not that they are the ultimate measuring tape.
  • 6 0
 Quite impressive!
  • 4 0
 Fantastic to see riders pushing the boundaries! looking forward to the next round
  • 5 0
 Arapuke represent! Go Robin!
  • 1 0
 I remember when she won the first Arapuke enduro in 2016, and she said she was just new into MTB... what a legend!
  • 4 0
 Legit badass
  • 3 0
 Hell Yea ! NZ repping hard
  • 1 0
 Picking up sponsors I see! She was on a Norco when she left town a few weeks ago? Now a Yeti. Moving up quickly, and down even quicker!
  • 2 0
 Most exciting rider to watch during Crankworx. Awesome.
  • 2 0
 You may have been robbed in sns!
  • 2 0
 Yesss Robin, you beast! Doing the mahi, getting them treats!
  • 1 0
 I remember when she won the first Arapuke enduro in 2016, and she said she was just new into MTB... what a legend!
  • 2 0
 Hats off
  • 2 0
 Pure steeze
  • 1 0
 how is her last name pronounced?
  • 1 0
 Like goons with a m.
  • 2 1
 So sick
  • 1 0
 Ladies first.
  • 1 0
 Hella gang related

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