CRANKWORX COVERAGE: Lopes and Kintner take home gold in Giant Dual Slalom

Leigh Donavan coming out of retirement to romp in the ladies' race a bit. She ended up making the small final and taking third.

Leigh Donavan coming out of retirement to romp in the ladies' race a bit. She ended up making the small final and taking third.

Photos by Colin Meagher

“The kids are getting faster, but for me it is harder to lose than it is to pedal harder and train harder,” Lopes said after his win. Indeed, if Jared Rando hadn’t slipped a pedal, the “kid” was looking to give Lopes a run for his money. But as it was, Lopes added another giant check to the two he already banked earlier in the week, with a second-place in the regular dual-slalom and a win in the Air DH—a 4.5-minute scorch down A-Line.

Rando nearly brought the gold home for his sponsor, Giant Bicylces, which also sponsored the event, but in the end he settled for second ahead of Johannes Fischbach of Germany.

Meanwhile, Jill Kintner easily added to her regular dual slalom victory earlier in the week by beating second-place finisher Emmeline Ragot out for the top spot. Leigh Donavan came out of recent obscurity to nab third.

Jill Kintner with a lock on the win. It's been a bit of a rough return to gated racing for Jill, but she took some solace with both the win in the Dual Slalom earlier in the week, and now in the much bigger, and appropriately named, Giant Dual Slalom here on Saturday.

Jill Kintner with a lock on the win. It's been a bit of a rough return to gated racing for Jill, but she took some solace with both the win in the Dual Slalom earlier in the week, and now in the much bigger, and appropriately named, Giant Dual Slalom here on Saturday.

“I wasn’t making any mistakes and I just kept it fast and smooth,” says Kintner. “Events at Kokanee Crankworx set the standard and it is one of my favorite places to come and ride as well as compete.”

The Giant Slalom course was rebuilt this season by John Cowan and took the racers on a winding tour through the Boneyard’s slopestyle features. Giant Slalom courses are longer than standard slalom courses and feature tighter corners, airs and berms.

Round 1 of the final, Lopes in the lead and a slight advantage over Rando. Too bad Rando slipped a pedal against Lopes in round 2, otherwise things might have been interesting.

Round 1 of the final, Lopes in the lead and a slight advantage over Rando. Too bad Rando slipped a pedal against Lopes in round 2, otherwise things might have been interesting.

Fishbach and Marosi went head to head for the men's small final.

Fishbach and Marosi went head to head for the men's small final.

Brian Lopes vs Johannes Fishbach.  Close, but Lopes was on fire. Fishbach made the small final against Michal Marosi.

Brian Lopes vs Johannes Fishbach. Close, but Lopes was on fire. Fishbach made the small final against Michal Marosi.

Jared Rando was on a tear today. He made it all the way to the finals. Kinda makes you wonder how he'd do in a 4X, doesn't it? Vs Michal Marosi, here.

Jared Rando was on a tear today. He made it all the way to the finals. Kinda makes you wonder how he'd do in a 4X, doesn't it? Vs Michal Marosi, here.

Emmeline Ragot in the semis.  She made the finals, but washed out against Jill Kintner. She hopes to make up for it in the Canadian Open Enduro though.

Emmeline Ragot in the semis. She made the finals, but washed out against Jill Kintner. She hopes to make up for it in the Canadian Open Enduro though.

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