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