US Open of MTB - Saturday

May 29, 2010 at 19:47
May 29, 2010
by Jordan Holmes  
 
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Day 3 at the US Open here in Vernon New Jersey just got wrapped up, and wow what a day it was! Downhill qualifying went down without a flaw, and Giant Slalom was put under wraps.

Check inside for photos from day 3 at the US Open...

Day 3 wrapped up the Giant Slalom event for the US Open, Brendan Fairclough and Jill Kintner will be taking home the first place title for this year. On the other side of the spectrum 'sick' Mick Hannah took first place for qualifying on the DH course, and Mellisa Buhl qualified first on the girls side. Both posted awesome times so its going to be an exciting day of racing tomorrow!

Here is a number of shots from today documenting the festivities. Enjoy!

Sick Mick qualified first for DH, and was looking super fast today
Sick Mick qualified first for DH, and was looking super fast today

Jill Kintner doing her first GS run in the rain
Jill Kintner doing her first GS run in the rain

Canadian shredder Steve Smith qualified 4th for DH...
Canadian shredder Steve Smith qualified 4th for DH...

and Brendan Fairclough qualified in 5th place
and Brendan Fairclough qualified in 5th place

This shot gives you a good idea of how rocky it is here...
This shot gives you a good idea of how rocky it is here...

and how dialed riders lines have to be
and how dialed riders lines have to be

Mith Ropelato looking pinned
Mith Ropelato looking pinned

Trek's setups look so pro - Needles killing it
Trek's setups look so pro - Needles killing it

Brian Lopes looking fast on course
Brian Lopes looking fast on course

American Mitch Ropelato was looking so fast today, until his unfortunate crash in the Giant Slalom finals. He still finished second though!
American Mitch Ropelato was looking so fast today, until his unfortunate crash in the Giant Slalom finals. He still finished second though!

The announcers kept the PA fresh and music playing all day
The announcers kept the PA fresh and music playing all day

Troy Brosnan looked fast as well today. He managed to beat Sam Hills time on the Giant Slalom course, so that's bragging rights I'm sure!
Troy Brosnan looked fast as well today. He managed to beat Sam Hills time on the Giant Slalom course, so that's bragging rights I'm sure!

Bryn Atkinson looking PINNED
Bryn Atkinson looking PINNED

Your 2010 US Open Giant Slalom mens winner!
Your 2010 US Open Giant Slalom mens winner!

Tomorrow is Downhill finals so keep it locked for an update as soon as the times are in! As well its awards ceremonies tomorrow so information on the winnings and podium placements will be up at that time. Cheers for now!

More pics from Fraser Britton here.

More pics from Ian Hylands Here.
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38 Comments

  • + 9
 I can't believe how much press Troy Brosnan's been getting. Fair wack for the new KID on the block. Even if he does beat Sams GS time . . .
  • + 13
 Yeah I can't believe they would give any credit to an up and comer posting serious results. What the deuce PB?!?!
  • + 4
 okay,Somebody is jealous...
  • + 3
 He did seem to come out of no where, saw him signing autographs at sea otter, I was like, who are you? Then I found out. But yeah, if an adult rider beat hill's time, it'd be cool, but why give credit to a KID? I hate kids. ??? Seriously dude, the fact that he is a kid makes it even better!
  • + 1
 you really asked him that?hahaha...just kidding.
  • + 1
 Yeah and Ropelato is only a couple of years older....
  • + 0
 roplato should have the same press coverage or even more than troy.
i bet its because roplato is american and most of these euro`s dont like us.
haha!
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  • + 1
 It's amazing how fun Diablo is. I wish we were doing a camp out there again this summer. We had so much fun there last time. It's great seeing the photos and knowing the lines and getting stoked to so many riders pinning it.
  • + 1
 couple of sick new lines on the course as well! You'll have to come back and check it out....
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  • + 2
 go steve smith!!!!! I hope he shred them this time !!!
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  • + 2
 The boxxers with black sanctions look horrible!!!!
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  • + 1
 Is Atkinson's tire touching that tree!? If so, that's ridiculous! Sick shot too.
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  • + 1
 Really stoked for the young guns gettin better each race =) They're the future of our sport \m/
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  • + 2
 Cant wait to go tomorrow for the last day!
  • + 7
 in all honesty, think how much faster lopes would be if he was on a 4x specific bike
  • + 2
 see you there dude! today was epic
  • + 6
 not really, the mojo is a great bike
  • + 1
 i know and im not saying it isnt, but its an all mountain targeted frame. its soul purpose isnt to be a 4x machine unlike many of the other's bikes. so im just wondering how being on a 4x/ds specific bike would affect his riding/results/ect.
  • + 3
 Ropelato was on a hardtail, Brendan, Troy and Sam were on SX's
  • + 0
 Colin 994, Brian prbly has a completely custom mojo for 4x
does his bike look like a regular mojo?
i think not
  • + 2
 no, its the same
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  • + 2
 just out of curiousity, how come Lopes doesnt wear a full face?
  • + 14
 Same reason he would say "Yes Mr Troy Lee, I want flaming red knee shins because people won't buy them because they look stupid, and yes Mr Lee, I AM that arrogant"
  • + 2
 How about because he is 2 legit 2 quit?
  • + 2
 Personal preference, but I know if I was riding at his speed, you couldn't get me on course without a full face and full armor!

I love the feel of a half shell or XC helmet, but I won't wear one, because 90% of my crashes have NOT been onto the top of my head, mainly the side of my face...

Perhaps it's because he grew up in the old school, and full faces have really only caught on recently...Maybe it's because he thinks it's cool to wear goggles and a half shell Razz
  • + 1
 and after Ropelato's crash where he knocked himself out and slid face first across a wooden bridge with his helmet catching and bouncing his head on every single rung I think Lopes may seriously be reconsidering. Mitch's fullface and neck brace probably saved his life, Lope's XC helmet wouldn't have done much. He knows that.
  • + 4
 goggles and and a half shell.... TURTLE POWER!
  • + 4
 Maybe because he's sponsored by oakley and likes to rep their hideous glasses? although i guess he could rep their goggles and a troy lee lid just as easliy... Ah whatever, he's still a tool.
  • + 1
 he just doesn't want to hide his face,he's so glam.
  • + 0
 I personally think he is a moron for wearing a cycling helmet, rocks punch through those so easily! One crash and he'll be a turnip!
  • + 0
 Honestly, how was he even ALLOWED to wear that thing?
  • + 1
 I don't care for the guy. no disrespect to his skills, but every interview and video I have seen him in he has just come off as a d-bag with an annoying nasal voice. But honestly I couldn't resist the Ninja Turtles joke. For the record I'm talking about Lopes.
  • + 1
 Excellent photos tho, course looks awesome!
  • + 1
 but seriously, when did you last see Lope's crash? He rides like a machine.... and quite possibly is one... if he wants to rep the old skool look and not be a tart in an mx helmet, then respect that!
  • + 2
 Lopes kills it, no doubt, doesn't mean I don't think he is a D-bag with an annoying voice.
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  • + 1
 How badly does it look like Bryn is using that tree to corner off of! Awesome!
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  • + 1
 Yea Troy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smile
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  • + 1
 Troy killing it!
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