Mitch Ropelato reminded everyone of the show he put on last year by destroying the field, from Brian Lopes to Mick Hannah. Jill Kintner managed to get revenge on local Micayla Gatto; inside are 30 photos for your viewing pleasure.
Words and Photos by David Peacock
One year ago Mitch Ropelato came second in the Crankworx Dual Slalom, and has time and again proven his speed aboard a little bike. This time around, Ropelato conquered all comers and held off Mick Hannah in the finals to emerge victorious on the resplendent slopes of Whistler, BC. After the race, Ropelato was swarmed by media and friends congratulating him on the win.
“I was just glad to one-up last year, it feels really good. I just tried to keep it flowing all day and the course was great.” – Mitch Ropelato
The women’s side of things was less exhaustive, as there were far less competitors. Nonetheless, the racing was competitive and entertaining to say the least. American Jill Kintner took the win by a solid margin over Whistler’s own Micayla Gatto in the finals. It was a true reversal of the events from a year ago, when Gatto was able to unseat the queen of dual. Revenge was sweet for Kintner.
“I was just riding how I normally ride, there was no pressure really. I really love my bike (Transition Double) and it was great to get to ride it again. It feels like home!” – Jill Kintner
Things get a little blurry when you do lap after lap on the dual track. Dan Atherton spins the wheel in this shot. He was on fire all day and definitely showed that he has his pace back.
Jill Kintner was as on point as ever, proving that despite her recent focus on DH she’s still the best on the dual track.