Photo Epic: Giant Dual Slalom - Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 15, 2015
by Pinkbike Staff  
Dual Slalom is pretty straight forward gather up a bunch of your best friends build a track install a timing system and then proceed to kick the snot out of each other. High fives and beers are must post ride.
  Dual Slalom is pretty straight forward: gather up a bunch of your best friends, build a track, install a timing system, and then proceed to kick the snot out of each other. High fives and beers are must post ride.

Margus Riga in his element.
  Margus Riga in his element.

2015 Giant Dual Slalom images.

Ready set send.
  Ready, set, send.

Start zone log drop.
  Start zone log drop.

Kyle Strait and Kurt Vories
  Kyle Strait and Kurt Voreis

2015 Giant Dual Slalom images.

Connor Fearon leading out Lopes early on.
  Connor Fearon leading out Lopes early on.

Fearon and T-Mac. Dh vs Freeride.
  Fearon and T-Mac. DH vs Freeride.

That line represents effort of giving it everything on this track.
  That line represents effort of giving it everything on this track.

You know riders are going hard when they roost rock hard berms.
  You know riders are going hard when they roost rock hard berms.

Smashing topsides of berms all day.
  Smashing topsides of berms all day.

Dan Atherton was out early when he washed out just after the start gate. It didn t stop him from boosting the rest of the way down.
  Dan Atherton was out early when he washed out just after the start gate. It didn't stop him from boosting the rest of the way down.

Up top and ready for another.
  Up top and ready for another.

Kyle Strait was looking to finally take a win here at the Crankworx Whistler Giant Slalom but it was not to be.
  Kyle Strait was looking to finally take a win here at the Crankworx Whistler Giant Slalom, but it was not to be.

Strait vs Norton... And Norton takes Lyle out.
  Strait vs Norton... And Norton takes Lyle out.

Martin Maes and Adrien Loren.
  Martin Maes and Adrien Loren.

Adrien Loren and Martin Maes battled out a some very tight races today but in the end Martin Squeezed him out of contention.
  Adrien Loren and Martin Maes battled out a some very tight races today, but in the end Martin squeezed him out of contention.

Brian Lopes knows a thing or two about racing dual slalom. He s been crushing it since before most of the other racers got their training wheels off but with a stacked field of young guns he would have to settle for .
  Brian Lopes knows a thing or two about racing dual slalom. He's been crushing it since before most of the other racers got their training wheels off.

Bernard Kerr.
  Bernard Kerr.

Marcelo Gutierrez.
  Marcelo Gutierrez.

Sven Martin is a master of multi tasking. Two shots at once whilst drinking a beer.
  Sven Martin is a master of multi tasking. Two shots at once whilst drinking a beer.

Whistler local Zander Geddes gets faster every year though not quote fast enough for a podium placement. He was knocked out by today s winner Dakotah Norton.
  Whistler local Zander Geddes gets faster every year, though not quote fast enough for a podium placement. He was knocked out by today's winner Dakotah Norton.

Brandon Howey showing that his racing is on par with his freeride abilities.
  Brandon Howey showing that his racing is on par with his freeride abilities.

Connor Fearon showing who means business in the corner.
  Connor Fearon showing who means business in the corner.

Manual vs keeping wheels on the ground.
  Manual vs keeping wheels on the ground.

Into the pond skipper jumps.
  Into the pond skipper jumps.

Down to the finish in style.
  Down to the finish in style.

Women s field gearing up to race.
  Women's field gearing up to race.

Jill Kintner is one classy racer.
  Jill Kintner is one classy racer.

2015 Giant Dual Slalom images.

Jill Kintner winning.
  Jill Kintner, winning.

Bryn Atkinson supporting his best bud Jill and taking a break from racing this year.
  Bryn Atkinson supporting his best bud Jill and taking a break from racing this year.

Maycala Gatto says she s semi-retired though her finesse on course today would show otherwise.
  Micayla Gatto, says she's semi-retired, though her finesse on course today would show otherwise.

Tracey Hannah.
  Tracey Hannah.

Jill Kintner was on fire and took no prisoners on her march to the top step of the box.
  Jill Kintner was on fire and took no prisoners on her march to the top step of the box.

Kintner laying down the law on Tracy Hannah.
  Kintner laying down the law on Tracy Hannah.

Anneke Beerton won the queen of Crankworx today with the overall points lead.
  Anneke Beerten won the queen of Crankworx today with the overall points lead.

Micayla Gatto did well here and gave Beerten a run for her money.
  Micayla Gatto did well here and gave Beerten a run for her money.

Jill Kintner over the shark fin.
  Jill Kintner over the shark fin.

BMX Olympian Jill Kintner in a far lead against Anneke Beerten.
  BMX Olympian Jill Kintner in a far lead against Anneke Beerten.

Multi time DS winner Jill Kintner gains another win in the bag.
  Multi time DS winner Jill Kintner gains another win in the bag.

Martin Maes relegating Bas Van Steenbergen to the fight for the bronze.
  Martin Maes relegating Bas Van Steenbergen to the fight for the bronze.

Bernard Kerr knocking Bas Van Steenburgen off the podium and taking third for the day.
  Bernard Kerr knocking Bas Van Steenburgen off the podium and taking third for the day.

With teammate Dan Atherton out in the early rounds due to a crash Martin Maes was team only hope for a win today. Unfortunately he got beat out in the finals by Dakotah Norton. Second for the day.
  With teammate Dan Atherton out in the early rounds due to a crash, Martin Maes was the team's only hope for a win today. Unfortunately he got beat out in the finals by Dakotah Norton. Second for the day.

Pushing just a bit too hard in the big final saw Maes kiss the dirt--hard. He was sore enough from slapping that he opted out of the second heat of the final.
  Pushing just a bit too hard in the big final saw Maes kiss the dirt--hard. He was sore enough from slapping that he opted out of the second heat of the final.

New kid on the block Dakotah Norton only start riding mountain bikes three years ago. Winner for the day. How about that
  New kid on the block, Dakotah Norton only start riding mountain bikes three years ago. Winner for the day. How about that?

Dakotah Norton certainly has something to smile about after today. He certainly has made his mark on this Crankworx.
  Dakotah Norton certainly has something to smile about after today. He certainly has made his mark on this Crankworx.

Dakotah Norton triumphant. Cinderalla story for the American racer to come to Crankworx and take on some of the giants of the mountain bike racing world and walk away the winner.
  Dakotah Norton triumphant. Cinderella story for the American racer to come to Crankworx and take on some of the giants of the mountain bike racing world and walk away the winner.

Dakotah Norton in for the win.
  Dakotah Norton in for the win.

Winners at the Crankworx Giant Dual Slalom. Jill Kintner and Dakotah Norton.
  Winners at the Crankworx Giant Dual Slalom. Jill Kintner and Dakotah Norton.

Podiums
  Podium

Storms a coming.. Here s to hoping the weather holds for tomorrow s slopestyle finals.
  Storm's a coming. Here's to hoping that the weather holds off for tomorrow's slopestyle finals.

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20 Comments

  • 16 0
 Thanks crankworks whistler for providing a real start gate. Maybe the folks who run sea otter will be inspired to follow suit...
  • 10 1
 Local Michigan guy for the win!!! Good job Dakotah!
  • 13 1
 Dakotah who?…… not any more. Congrats Buddy! Well deserved!
  • 2 2
 Midwest Represent!
  • 6 2
 Its pretty crazy that 2 days ago nobody knew who Dakotah Norton was and now he has won the DS and got a third at the pump track challenge
  • 4 0
 The racing was tight and good to watch : Maes is the future, Bas and Bernard have the best style, and huge congrats for dakotah norton
  • 6 2
 Norton might be the next Gwin?
  • 12 8
 That depends only on God
  • 2 0
 I think Maes should have a go at every discipline for a season and see what he can win. Seems like the racer gene is strong in this one.
  • 2 2
 This is the second Pinkbike article I've seen where Kyle Straights has been referred to as Lyle, is Pinkbike trying to start a new meme by referring to him as "Lyle" or is it just sloppy editing?
  • 4 0
 Lyle is kyles nickname.
  • 3 0
 Maes is the new John Tomac. Good at all MTB disciplines. Kid crushes it
  • 1 0
 I'm a huge Maes fan. Glad he is starting to get the coverage he deserves.
  • 3 0
 Great win Dakotah!
  • 2 0
 kyle won dual slalom in 2009 at crankworx.
  • 1 0
 Brian Lopes..where's the BMX helmet?! Frown
Cheers!
  • 2 1
 *Loron.
  • 3 0
 yeah...it's not like it's written in huge on his jersey in the picture above :p
  • 1 2
 Need a bike check on them! by the way, Kintner a little kinky with Norton there.
  • 1 0
 Go Lyle straight!

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