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June 22, Downhill:

Gwin and Kintner repeat as US national downhill champs

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Cycling News
Published:
June 24, 2014, 18:42 BST,
Updated:
June 24, 2014, 18:54 BST

Leslie wins junior title

Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH

Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH

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The 2014 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships wrapped up Sunday at the Angel Fire Bike Park with familiar faces standing on top of the pro men's and women's podiums. Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) and Jill Kintner (Team Norco International/Red Bull) both showed off their dominant downhill skills in repeating as national champions.

Men

The 71-rider pro men's field took its turn on the course following the pro women and it was the second rider down the hill, Graeme Pitts (Graeme Pitts Racing) who posted the early time to beat of 4:10.14. The next 53 riders were unable to oust Pitts from the hot seat until Neko Mullaly (Trek World Racing) took over the top spot by being the first rider to break the four-minute mark as he stopped the clock at 3:59.35. Mulally remained in the hot seat with just two riders left to complete the course. Mitch Ropelato (Factory Specialized) joined Mulally in the sub-four-minute club but finished a fraction of a second behind in 3:59.39. That left defending champ Gwin, the last rider to start, and he did not disappoint the fans on the slopes of the Angel Fire Bike Park. Gwin crossed the line in 3:52.17 to don the Stars-and-Stripes jersey once again.

"This track was hard this weekend," Gwin said. "As far as physically and a challenge to be smooth, the hardest track we've raced all year. I like it. It's fast, it's dry and it's good times racing in the U.S. I made a couple mistakes but they weren't too costly. All in all, I'm stoked."

Women

After the morning's amateur contests, the pro women took to the downhill course that started at 10,500 feet above sea level, and descended 1,700 feet over 2.8 miles. Abigail Hippely was the first to crack the five-minute mark at 4:55.70. The second-to-last rider down the mountain, Amanda Batty, joined the sub-five-minute club when she crossed the line in 4:57.40. The only female rider left was 12-time national champion Kintner who left no doubt as she blazed down the trail with a winning time of 4:30.10 to gain her 13th Stars-and-Stripes jersey. Hippely took the silver medal and Batty the bronze.

"It's crazy to see the evolution of the track from day one until now with how loose and dry and blown out it got with so many people riding it," said Kintner. "That run was pretty smooth for me, no real big mistakes. I just tried to keep my momentum going and look ahead and keep my hands loose so I didn't get too tight. You can always go faster but I'm happy with that to get the title."

Junior men 17-18

The junior men's 17-18 downhill kicked off the afternoon session on the final day of competition. Demetri Triantafillou took over the hot seat with six riders to go as he posted a time of 4:19.90. Podium favorite Luca Shaw (SRAM Factory), the third-to-last rider to start, fell out of contention after suffering a rear flat tire. The next rider down, Charlie Harrison took over the lead with a time of 4:14.83, but his time was quickly bettered by Shane Leslie, who claimed the victory with a time of 4:10.95.

Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (Factory Specialized) 0:03:52.179  
2 Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) 0:00:07.173  
3 Mitch Ropelato (Factory Specialized) 0:00:07.212  
4 Logan Binggeli (KHS Bicycles) 0:00:09.264  
5 Kevin Aiello (KHS Bicycles) 0:00:11.208  
6 Austin Hackett Klaube 0:00:13.097  
7 Ben Furbee 0:00:14.760  
8 Austin Warren (Pivot cycles factory) 0:00:15.345  
9 Kiran MacKinnon 0:00:15.708  
10 Max Morgan 0:00:15.780  
11 Cody Warren (Armer Energy MTB) 0:00:17.395  
12 Graeme Pitts (Graeme Pitts Racing) 0:00:17.962  
13 Zach Graveson 0:00:18.389  
14 Michael Day (GT) 0:00:18.824  
15 Trevyn Newpher 0:00:18.996  
16 Dylan Conte 0:00:19.126  
17 Chris Higgerson 0:00:19.663  
18 Luca Cometti (Factory Intense Cycl) 0:00:20.082  
19 Kyle Thomas (Diamondback Racing) 0:00:21.097  
20 Kyle Strait 0:00:21.938  
21 Steven Wentz (SRAM/Santa Cruz) 0:00:22.761  
22 Kyle Hogan 0:00:22.919  
23 Kyle Hickey 0:00:23.205  
24 Corey Hatch 0:00:23.399  
25 Chris Boice (MTB Racing Solutions) 0:00:23.720  
26 Daniel Weinman 0:00:24.369  
27 Johnathon Keep (ARMA ENERGY/EVIL) 0:00:25.111  
28 Adam Digby 0:00:25.115  
29 Kellen Lutz 0:00:25.162  
30 Brian White 0:00:25.311  
31 Tanner Stephens 0:00:25.796  
32 Dillon Lemarr 0:00:25.861  
33 Logan Mulally 0:00:26.619  
34 Harrison Ory (Mojo Wheels) 0:00:26.668  
35 Todd Renwick 0:00:28.891  
36 Brandon Blakely 0:00:28.956  
37 Weston Walker (University of Wyomin) 0:00:29.416  
38 Dylan Crane 0:00:29.948  
39 Timothy Price 0:00:30.072  
40 Brendan Looby 0:00:30.425  
41 brian scolforo (Giant Northeast Pro) 0:00:30.795  
42 Ray Syron 0:00:30.940  
43 Kevin Littlefield 0:00:31.118  
44 Brandan Bohl (One Ghost Industries) 0:00:31.439  
45 Parker Robinson 0:00:31.504  
46 Matthew Thompson (SRAM/SANTA CRUZ) 0:00:32.143  
47 Jason Schroeder 0:00:32.367  
48 Christian Gonzalez 0:00:32.551  
49 Ryan Paquette 0:00:33.410  
50 Cody Johnson 0:00:33.964  
51 Craig Carlson 0:00:34.179  
52 Jonathan Allyn (Banshee Bikes/Hi-5 B) 0:00:34.272  
53 Gavin Gargiulo 0:00:34.305  
54 William O'Brien 0:00:34.348  
55 Riley Mueller 0:00:34.369  
56 Conrad Culleney 0:00:34.570  
57 Kyle Grau 0:00:34.664  
58 Brett Tetzloff 0:00:35.885  
59 Matthew Condrashoff-Domingue 0:00:36.072  
60 Brandon Watson 0:00:36.646  
61 Leigh Harris 0:00:38.284  
62 Kai Rogers 0:00:38.662  
63 Tim White (Vermont Gravity Raci) 0:00:41.032  
64 Shea Jordan 0:00:41.064  
65 Joshua Nevelson 0:00:41.409  
66 Mikey Haderer (IXS Unique Sports) 0:00:41.852  
67 Thomas McCoy 0:00:42.141  
68 Matthew Callahan 0:00:44.788  
69 William Lujan 0:00:49.051  
70 Antonio Gradillas (Heart and Soul Racin) 0:00:50.697  
71 Ryan Pepper 0:01:14.949  
DNS Chris Callahan    
DNS Scott Gladu    
DNS Cole Picchiottino (Trek Southridge Raci)    
DNF Ben Calhoun    
DNF Nate Furbee    
DNF Brian Yannuzzi    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jill Kintner (Team Norco Intl.) 0:04:30.104  
2 Abigail Hippely 0:00:25.596  
3 Amanda Batty 0:00:27.304  
4 Lauren Daney 0:00:31.970  
5 Lindsay Yost 0:00:46.984  
6 Rebecca Gardner 0:00:55.376  
7 Amanda Cordell 0:01:05.472  
8 Mary Elges 0:01:08.761  
9 Katy Hanlon 0:01:13.081  
10 Amber Price (The Fix Bike Shop) 0:01:18.020  
11 Hannah Trimble 0:01:28.863  
12 Christen Boyer (One Ghost Industries) 0:01:55.318  
DNF Elinor Wesner    
Junior men 17-18
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Shane Leslie (1 - Cat1) 0:04:10.956  
2 Charlie Harrison (2 - Cat1) 0:00:03.883  
3 Demetri Triantafillou (3 - Cat1) 0:00:08.971  
4 Bryce Hermanussen (4 - Cat1) 0:00:09.606  
5 Chase Nelson (5 - Cat1) (Trek Southridge Raci) 0:00:09.840  
6 Matthew Fitzgerald (6 - Cat1) 0:00:11.836  
7 Matthew Branney (7 - Cat1) 0:00:12.937  
8 Roy Benge (8 - Cat1) 0:00:16.912  
9 jason bohl (9 - Cat1) 0:00:23.703  
10 Tyler Krenek (10 - Cat1) 0:00:25.283  
11 Bryce Helbling (11 - Cat1) 0:00:25.612  
12 Tanner Spence (12 - Cat1) 0:00:25.667  
13 Triton Nelson (13 - Cat1) 0:00:27.687  
14 Kasper Dean (14 - Cat1) 0:00:32.165  
15 Luca Shaw (15 - Cat1) (SRAM Factory) 0:01:18.839  
16 Niko Kilik (16 - Cat1) 0:01:23.567