A redesign of the course and a new format put some of the world’s best mountain bikers through the paces today at the Giant Slalom, presented by Giant Bicycles. Thomas Slavik had the fastest combined time of 1:20.25 in the Pro Men’s category while Jill Kintner took first place in the Pro Women’s category and pretty much solidified her chance at becoming this year’s Queen of Crankworx.
The new course featured a flowing, yet technical ride that tested the high speed skills of each rider. Tight rhythm sections at the top, high-speed berms and a full complement of jumps kept things interesting for the athletes.
Thomas Slavic (CZE), took first place with a time of 1:20.25; Johannes Fischbach (GER), took second place with a time of 1:20.76; Blake Carney (USA), took third place with a time of 1:20.85.
In the Pro Women’s category, Jill Kintner (USA), took first place with a time of 1:27.40; Melissa Buhl (USA), took second place with a time of 1:30.68; Danielle Beecroft (AUS), took third place with a time of 1:32.42.
Jill was also named Queen of Kokanee Crankworx by having also won the Slalom and Pump track events and coming second in the Jeep Air DH. Mitch Ropelato was named King of Kokanee Crankworx.
“Marty Gautrey, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s main jump builder, was our course designer and he basically combined the best components of our most iconic trails - A-Line, Dirt Merchant and Ninja Cougar - into one “speed-flow” track,” says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “The new format allowed for an awesome race and a great spectating experience for everyone in Whistler, and all of our viewers tuning into our live webcast on Freecaster.tv.”
An industry race ran in the middle as a fun intermission and was won by Whistler’s very own Garbonzo Bike and Bean. Second place went to Pink Bike and rounding out third was G1 Rentals.