Jill Kintner and Mitch Ropelato take home the big cheques in the Dual Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx 2011.Jill Kintner and Mitch Ropelato take home the big cheques in the Dual Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx 2011.
A crash in last year’s Dual Slalom Pro Men’s Final kept Mitch Ropelato (USA) from earning gold, but he redeemed himself a year later by coming out on top in today’s race. With hardly an error in any run, Ropelato has able to blaze through each ladder, consistently pinning it to take gold over Mick Hannah (AUS) in the finals.
Jill Kintner (USA) took gold from Micayla Gatto (CAD) in the Pro Women’s category with clean runs through each ladder. Kintner went in with an advantage of 0.49 and a serious bobble on the moguls by Gatto at the top end of the course took the defending champion out of the running.
“I am stoked to one up what I did last year,” says Mitch Ropelato, winner of Kokanee Crankworx Pro Men Dual Slalom. “I rode smooth and fast. My qualifiers weren’t that good, but I held it together in the finals. Now I have to go rest up for the Canadian Open DH tomorrow.”
In the Pro Men category Mitch Ropelato (USA) took first place, Mick Hannah (AUS) came in second and Kyle Strait (USA) took third.
In the Pro Women category Jill Kintner (USA) took first place, Micayla Gatto (CAD) came in second and Manon Carpenter (GBR) took third.
Now in its fifth season at Kokanee Crankworx, the Dual Slalom is a crowd favourite and despite cool weather and some showers, hundreds of fans lined the gated course and watched from the big screen in Whistler Village. The dual slalom head-to-head format featured riders in the pro and amateur categories pumping through a course riddled with rhythm sections, a mogul field, tight berms, jumps and drops. Full event results
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The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a nine-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.