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Isabella Flint (Izzy) first discovered bikes when she was a toddler. She started racing as an u/13 on the track where she caught the cycling bug and soon moved to riding road as well. After making both Tasmanian Road and Track state teams Izzy switched her focus to the dirt and she hasn’t looked back since! Izzy finished 2nd overall in the 2017/18 National Cross County Series, as well as claiming a silver medal at the National Championships in February 2017. Izzy was crowned National Gravity Enduro Champion in 2018, and she also won round 2 of the U21 EWS continental series in November 2018. Izzy was crowned All Schools National Champion on the Gold Coast in July 2019.
After a successful 2017/2018 season racing Cross country and Enduro, a serve injury early in the 2019 season put things into perspective and Izzy developed a new appreciation for not only riding her bike but also being alive. Izzy was also crowned the 2019 U21 Continential EWS Series Champion. Izzy took her new perspective and determination into 2020 claiming both the Oceania and National XCO title and the National XCC title.
NAME: Isabella Fllint
NICKNAME: Izzy and Iz
AGE: 18 years old
COACH: Ben Bradley
HOMETOWN: Launceston, Tasmania
NUMBER OF YEARS RIDING: 5 years
DISCIPLINES: Cross country, Gravity enduro
XC CHAIN RING SIZE: 32 tooth
ENDURO CHAIN RING SIZE: 32 tooth
FAVOURITE RACE: Pemberton National XCO round
FAVOURITE PLACE TO RIDE: Blue Derby, Tasmania
FAVOURITE TRAIL EVER: King Brown, Maydena
PREVIOUS DISCIPLINES: Track and Road
Q and A
HOW AND WHY DID YOU FIRST START RIDING: I started track racing when I was 13, after my dad had started riding and didn't want to be left behind, I started MTB at an all schools race in Tassie, when one of my friends said hey Iz come and do a mountain bike race, so I did! I have never looked back!
WHY DO YOU LOVE RIDING MERIDA: I love working with the team at Merida and love how my bikes are super responsive!
HOW DOES RIDING YOUR MERIDA MAKE YOU FEEL?: It makes me smile