Crankworx Dual Slalom FInals

Aug 7, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
Gee Atherton won the Dual Slalom final against Mitch Ropelato tonight, but the big surprise was Micayla Gatto taking the win from Emmeline Ragot, Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl in her 2nd Dual Slalom race ever.

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Crankworx Dual Slalom Results

Men

1. Gee Atherton
2. Mitch Ropelato
3. Mick Hannah
4. Troy Brosnan

Women

1. Micayla Gatto
2. Emmeline Ragot
3. Jill Kintner
4. Melissa Buhl

Gee Atherton won the Crankworx Whistler Dual Slalom final tonight in a tough battle against Mitch Ropelato. In the first run they were side by side through the step up step down a little before the finish with Gee having just a slight lead but then Ropelato crashed in the berm right before the finish step down giving Gee the full 1.5 differential. In the second run Mitch came back strong with a solid win over Gee, but it wasn't enough to overcome the full 1.5 second lead that Gee had from run 1. In the small final it was rookie Troy Brosnan up against the experienced Mick Hannah and again it was a tough battle with Mick taking run 1 and Troy taking run 2. In the end Mick ended up third, Troy 4th.

On the women's side it was amazing to see slalom newcomer Micayla Gatto take on the likes of Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl and come out on top. Womens semifinal run 1, Kintner vs Gatto. Gatto is right with Kintner in the early part of the race but then bobbles and Kintner takes the first run. Run 2 Micayla comes back strong and is right with Kintner into the last straight. Jill is slightly ahead with Gatto right behind her but she has problems with the last berm and Micayla moves into the lead, advancing into the final. Womens semifinal Buhl vs Ragot, Emmeline won both runs with what seemed like not too much difficulty. Women's small final Kintner vs Buhl, Kintner won both runs, then in the women's final Micayla Gatto won both runs against Emmeline.

Gee Atherton and Mitch Ropelato, 1st run of the men's final, Mitch crashed seconds after this shot was taken
Gee Atherton and Mitch Ropelato, 1st run of the men's final, Mitch crashed seconds after this shot was taken
Mitch Ropelato and Gee Atherton. Mitch took the 2nd run by a decent margin but couldn't make up the 1.5 seconds he needed after his first run crash
Mitch Ropelato and Gee Atherton. Mitch took the 2nd run by a decent margin but couldn't make up the 1.5 seconds he needed after his first run crash

Micayla Gatto races against Emmeline Ragot in the women's final
Micayla Gatto races against Emmeline Ragot in the women's final

Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl in the women's small final
Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl in the women's small final

Troy Brosnan and Mick Hannah in the men's small final
Troy Brosnan and Mick Hannah in the men's small final

Mick Hannah and Troy Brosnan in the men's small final
Mick Hannah and Troy Brosnan in the men's small final

Micayla Gatto and Jill Kintner in the women's small final
Micayla Gatto and Jill Kintner in the women's small final

Mitch Ropelato and Mick Hannah in the men's semi final
Mitch Ropelato and Mick Hannah in the men's semi final

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32 Comments

  • 7 0
 great wrap up of the slalom, awsome jump, and nice pics loving those fox forkx
  • 10 0
 im loving the live coverage. providing a more exciting alternative to studying on a cold wet day...
  • 9 0
 i was shocked when troy beat stevie
  • 10 0
 Troy was having a killer day, I was blown away at how fast he was. IMO Gee was lucky to get to the Finals. 1st Fairclough had a mishap, then Lopes crashes & in the finals Ropelato goes down. That's the way the cookie crumbles but still hats off to Gee. Can't wait for Garbo DH & Canadian Open!
  • 2 0
 Gee is an animal!! world cup DH to crankworx DS. he is a machine
  • 3 0
 Tom-moT: Gee deserved that win in its entirety. the other racers made mistakes that cost them, whereas Gee was much more consistent and didnt crash.
  • 2 0
 exactly, that's what racing is, call it luck or call it what you want, but G won and that's all that matters in the end...
  • 6 0
 it's great when you read a race report and the first line tells you who won it, really saves time
  • 2 0
 Good on ya Micayla. 2nd race ever? solid effort! and props to gee. a bit of luck though, mitch would have had him if he hadn't stacked it.
  • 6 0
 wat about troy!! well done mate!
  • 2 0
 young aussie is killin
  • 2 0
 mitch and troy are 1 year apart and both juniors. mitch has troy at gated racing but troy def has the dh down. Mitch was also running flats with skate shoes...Dialed
  • 3 0
 AND single speed/rear brake only!! This kid is a power house!
  • 2 0
 It's really cool to see some new faces holding their own against the big names.
  • 4 1
 gee got soooooo lucky throughout the comp.....
  • 3 2
 When you see someone taking second with only rear brake and running clipless that makes you wonder what kind of competitive(less) "sport" DS is.
  • 1 0
 wth is wrong with clipless pedals ??
  • 2 0
 Japhex, both those things hint at it being MORE competitive.
  • 2 0
 Brosnan was crazy fast!! actually the most exciting race for me was Smith-Brosnan both of thel were killing it!!
  • 2 0
 Well done G. Classic all rounder. Props
  • 2 0
 Mitch appears to also be running a single speed.
  • 1 0
 Because he's a boss!
  • 2 1
 nah its not it looks like hes got a mech and gears
  • 2 0
 look at his bar, rear brake lever only
  • 1 0
 in the picture with mick and troy theres a gear shifter on his bars ?
  • 1 0
 haha my bad just re-read the first comment to see that he wrote mitch not mick haha soz guys x
  • 2 0
 Mitch ran his single speed dirt jump bike for the race...
  • 1 0
 Single speed, rear brake only, flat pedals and -- this part is really wicked -- semi-slick tires front and rear! For a young rider to buck convention like that speaks to a great deal of confidence. I wonder if the tires and brake set up cost him the crash...? A tire with a bit more cornering force up front might have kept him on the bike.
  • 2 0
 GoGeeGo!
  • 1 0
 Yeah Micayla, great to finally see a Canadian at the top of the podium!
  • 2 0
 Congrats Micayla! Smile
  • 1 0
 way to go micayla.

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