Kintner and Ropelato win US dual slalom titles

Finals for all categories run on Saturday

The 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships continued Saturday in Beech Mountain, North Carolina with the dual slalom competition. The day started overcast and foggy, but slowly cleared, leaving the racers to compete in cool temperatures under partly cloudy skies.

When the professional riders assumed center stage Saturday, Mitch Ropelato (SPS North America) and Jill Kintner (edBull-Transition Racing) topped the men's and women's podiums.

Kintner, who won the national title in the women's professional four cross in 2010, earned the stars-and-stripes jersey.

"It means a lot," Kintner said of winning the national championship. "I'm a little bit sick, but I've been feeling good riding my bike."

Ropelato had previously won the national championship in four cross in 2009.

"The fans were good," Ropelato said of the many fans who flocked to watch. "They're exciting. They kept us going real fast all day."

In the elite men's race, 18-year-old Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) qualified ninth, but came back to place second in the race while Cody Kelley earned the bronze medal.

In the junior men's 14-and-under competition, Joseph Foresta, who won the downhill national title among the 10-and-under competitors in 2010, added a dual slalom jersey to his closet. Luca Shaw (North Carolina Cyclo-cross) topped the junior men's 15-18 podium, winning the race after qualifying with that group's best time. Thomas Wilkinson, who qualified sixth among men 19-29, rebounded to win the race. William Murray (Charlotte, N.C.) earned the top spot of the men's 30-39 podium while Andy DeVault narrowly qualified in the top spot and hung on to win the race among men 40-and-over.

After qualifying in the top spot among amateur women, 23-year-old Caroline Westray took home the stars-and-stripes jersey.

In the day's category 2/3 competition class races, Davis Nonno won the junior men 18-and-under race while Gus Michaels posted the fastest time among men 19-29. In the men's 30-39 competition, Bryan Morgan descended fastest while Kurt Dressler was the fastest among men 40-and-over.

The event will culiminate on Sunday with the national championship downhill races.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitch Ropelato (SPS North America)  
2Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing)  
3Cody Kelley  
4Logan Binggeli (KHS Bicycles)  
5Timothy Price  
6Michael Haderer  
7Lear Miller  
8Kyle Thomas  
9Philip Noto (Lees-McRae College)  
10Fredrick Cecil Linder  
11David Mock  
12Daniel Caluag  
13Kenneth (Chuck) Pitts  
DNSEthan Quehl  
DNSJoe Haley  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jill Kintner (RedBull/ Transition Racing)  
2Darian Harvey (Vixen Racing)  
3Jacqueline Harmony  
4Johanne Tuttle  
5Rebecca Gardner  
6Soraya Khalje  
7Katelyn Parhiala  
8Sondra Williamson (Specialized Bicycles)  
Junior men 14 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Foresta  
2Tyler Krenek  
3David Dressler  
4Phillip Steele  
Cat. 1 Junior men 15-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Shaw (North Carolina Cyclocross)  
2Reid Dressler (Inland/Back to Dirt/Inland Construction)  
3Christian Wright  
4Jimmy Leslie  
5Lain Van Ogle  
6Logan Mulally  
7Jay Fesperman  
8Austin Hackett Klaube (USA Cycling MTB World Championship Team)  
9Ben Calhoun  
10Nikolas Dudukovich  
11William O'Brien  
12Richard Pedigo  
13Paul McSparin  
14Matthew Fitzgerald  
15Dylan Conte  
16Walker Shaw  
DNSRay Syron  
DNSMatthew Branney  
Cat. 1 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Wilkinson  
2Danny Cesare  
3Chase Hines  
4Joshua Patton (Lindsey Wilson College)  
5Vance Nonno  
6Harrison Reynolds (Spin)  
7Clayton Omer  
8Alex Dawson  
9Geoff Ayr  
10Christopher Bennett  
11Brandon Hopkins  
12Burke Saunders  
13Nick Gragtmans  
14Alex Ohman  
15Stephen Solt  
16Andrew Ingram  
17Craig Folsom  
Cat. 1 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Murray  
2Shawn Metcalf  
3David Bethea  
4Shawnee McGovern  
5Gary Bethea  
6Scott Richards  
7Chris Kring  
8Ryan Cleek  
Cat. 1 Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy DeVault  
2Jerry Mailloux  
3Matthew Mills  
4Michael Cobler (Cycletherapy)  
5Jason Gibb  
6Todd Plessel  
DNSMike Suddeth  
Cat. 1/2/3/ Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caroline Westray  
2Crystal Kalogris (Lindsey Wilson College)  
3Madison Pitts  
4Stephanie Sowles  
5Nicole Kendle  
6Brooke Crum (Kreitler Racing Team)  
7Stephanie Barragan  
8sophia foresta  
9Molly Friedland  
10Olivia Harkness (Mafia Racing)  
11Jennel Santos (Team Marty's)  
12Eva Wilson  
Cat. 2/3 Junior men 15-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davis Nonno  
2Eric Vest  
3Kyle Grau  
4Kenneth Banner (Brevard College/brevard college)  
5Toby Estes  
6Alex Pfiffner  
7Trey Cooke  
Cat. 2/3 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gus Michaels  
2Sam Anderson  
3Cory Diamond  
4Brandon Sbordone  
5Diego Ramirez  
6Bradley Smith  
7Taylor Ladd  
8Edwin Cowan  
9james guidry  
10James Harnois  
11Jimmy Awad (Paul's Racing/Specialized/Paul's Racing /Specialized Grassroots)  
DNSTrek Vandecar  
Cat. 2/3 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Morgan  
2Ryan Kramer  
3John Shane O'Shura  
4Reid Allred  
5Fred Mudd  
6David Huff  
7John Haynes  
Cat. 2/3 Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kurt Dressler  
2Doug Tate  
3Scott Branney  

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