Auck­land’s tough streets pro­duce a world champ

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

De­liv­er­ing pack­ages around Auck­land city has helped turn courier Jenna Makgill into a world cham­pion.

The St Lukes res­i­dent was the best wo­man rider in the Cy­cle Mes­sen­ger World Cham­pi­onships in Toronto dur­ing June.

The 22-year-old, who works for Ur­gent Couri­ers, says she wasn’t ex­pect­ing to come away a win­ner.

“It’s kind of sur­real. I just went there to meet other couri­ers and hang out.”

But rid­ing around the hilly streets of Auck­land gave her the edge on the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Auck­land is one of the hard­est cities to courier in. Here couri­ers are more ag­gres­sive and peo­ple aren’t used to hav­ing bikes around,” she says.

“There are more dan­gers and I’m re­ally con­scious that I’m go­ing to get hurt.”

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved rid­ing a set course for three hours drop­ping off and pick­ing up pack­ages at dif­fer­ent check­points, while lock­ing up her bike be­tween de­liv­er­ies.

And just to make things that lit­tle bit more dif­fi­cult, Jenna had to deal with un­pre­dictable weather.

“It buck­eted down three times, then the sun would shine. I spent a lot of time try­ing to keep my pa­pers dry.”

Jenna is also a for­mer down­hill moun­tain bike na­tional cham­pion, but says the two sports are com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“In moun­tain bik­ing you al­ways go into it try­ing to win. The courier com­pe­ti­tion is all about fun.”

She’s keen to de­fend her ti­tle at next year’s world champs in Tokyo.

“What bet­ter rea­son to go to Tokyo and race. I can imag­ine it be­ing re­ally well or­gan­ised.”

Ur­gent Couri­ers man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Bon­nici says they were de­lighted by Jenna’s suc­cess.

“She just wan­dered off and did it and the next thing we know she’s the new world cham­pion. She’s re­ally laid­back and cruisy but she’s ob­vi­ously got a re­ally com­pet­i­tive streak when it mat­ters.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Courier champ: St Lukes res­i­dent Jenna Makgill won the Cy­cle Mes­sen­ger World Cham­pi­onship in Toronto dur­ing June.

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