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.
Ready, set, send.
Start zone log drop.
Kyle Strait and Kurt Voreis
Connor Fearon leading out Lopes early on.
Fearon and T-Mac. DH vs Freeride.
That line represents effort of giving it everything on this track.
You know riders are going hard when they roost rock hard berms.
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.
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.
Strait vs Norton... And Norton takes Lyle out.
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Howey showing that his racing is on par with his freeride abilities.
Connor Fearon showing who means business in the corner.
Manual vs keeping wheels on the ground.
Into the pond skipper jumps.
Down to the finish in style.
Women's field gearing up to race.
Jill Kintner is one classy racer.
Jill Kintner, winning.
Bryn Atkinson supporting his best bud Jill and taking a break from racing this year.
Micayla Gatto, says she's semi-retired, though her finesse on course today would show otherwise.
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.
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.
Jill Kintner over the shark fin.
BMX Olympian Jill Kintner in a far lead against Anneke Beerten.
Multi time DS winner Jill Kintner gains another win in the bag.
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.
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.
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 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.
Winners at the Crankworx Giant Dual Slalom. Jill Kintner and Dakotah Norton.
Storm's a coming. Here's to hoping that the weather holds off for tomorrow's slopestyle finals.