Nobles and Kintner earn dual slalom national titles

Kniss wins junior race

BMX riders showed their stuff on the dual slalom course on Saturday, with Barry Nobles (Airborne Bicycles) and Jill Kintner (Red Bull/Transition Racing) topping the men's and women's pro fields at the 2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships. In addition, six other Stars-and-Stripes jerseys were awarded in amateur categories in dual slalom.

Nobles entered today's competition as the highest seeded pro male rider, followed by fellow BMX pro Mike Day at number two, earning both a first-round bye. In the semi-final, Nobles squared off against Walker Shaw (Specialized Gravity USA), who earlier overcame his brother, Luca Shaw (Specialized Gravity USA), in the quarterfinals.

Nobles advanced to the finals to face Cody Johnson. Johnson, who was the 14th seed after crashing hard in qualifying yesterday, outraced Day in their semi-final. Day crashed in the second heat of the semi and was unable to ride in the consolation heats, meaning Shaw took third.

"I had a good split in the first [heat]. I almost got the full differential," said Nobles. "I think I started pacing myself a little too much [in the second run]. I knew as long as I could stay close to Cody - he's an awesome rider - so as long as I could finish behind him I would make it. It played out in my favor." Nobles was able to finish close enough in the second heat to claim his first mountain bike Stars-and-Stripes jersey.

Kintner squared off against Christen Boyer in a two-rider pro women's race. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in BMX got off to a fast start, beating Boyer by the maximum differential in the first heat. Kintner won the second heat to solidify her claim to the top step of the podium.

In the juniors men's 14 & under race, Brad Stover advanced through the four rounds to earn the win. Warren Kniss overcame higher seeded riders in each of the three rounds of the juniors men's 15-18 category 1 race to take the gold medal.

Downhill finals on Sunday

The 2013 Gravity MTB Nationals conclude Sunday at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico with the downhill competitions. Qualifying runs for three categories were held today. Defending national champion Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) posted the fastest time of the day and will be the final starter in the pro men's field. Kintner had the top time in the pro women's field and Jay Fesperman (Yeti Cycles) will be the one to beat in the junior men's 17-18 race.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Barry Nobles  
2Cody Johnson  
3Walker Shaw  
4Michael Day  
5Luca Shaw  
6Cody Kelley  
7Mikey Haderer  
8Joshua Patton (Lindsey Wilson College)  
9Blake Carney  
10Lear Miller  
11Anthony Marino  
12Harrison Ory  
13Paul Mcsparin  
14Matson Hunter  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jill Kintner (RedBull/ Transition Racing)  
2Christen Boyer  
Cat. 1 Junior men 15-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Kniss  
2Tyler Krenek  
3Luca Cometti  
4William O'brien  
5Alden Volle (R4AC Cycling Project)  
6Niko Kilik  
Junior men 14 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Stover  
2Devin Kjaer  
3Joseph Foresta  
4Shawn Yakovich  
5David Kahn (Danny's Cycles)  
6Cedar Palmer  
7Garret Kniss  
8Sam Morris  
9Logan Mcphie  
10Dante Silva  
11Dylan Ramos  
12Phillip Steele  
Cat. 1 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kai Rogers  
2Brett Tetzloff  
3Kyle Grau  
4Robert Nichols  
5Adam Digby  
6Brandon Watson  
7Josh Smith  
8Michael Allen  
9Scott Preston  
Cat. 1 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Will Murray  
2Jason Sherrill  
3Thomas Rodriguez  
Cat. 1 Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Gillespie  
2Darrell Jamieson  
3Ian Starr  
4Darryl Crews  
Cat. 2/3 Junior men 15-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zachary Hutelin  
2Noah Wenger  
3Mateo Ortegon (1 - Cat3) (Cycle Youth)  
4Michael Kane  
5Triton Nelson  
6Brandon Olson  
Cat. 2/3 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dustin Slaughter  
2Juan Delcastillo (1 - Cat3)  
3Jake Rehfeld  
4Jay Weingardt  
5James Lucchesi (2 - Cat3) (University of California-Santa Barbara)  
6Dustin Mason (3 - Cat3)  
Cat. 2/3 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coy Miller (Bike Surgeon/Continental Tire)  
2Allen Weber  
3Jay Thomas  
Cat. 2/3 Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Doug Cheney  
2F. John Pieper (1 - Cat3)  
3William Dale  
4Clint Bullock  
5James Wenger  
6Bj Ungvarsky  
Cat. 1/2/3 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sophia Foresta (1 - Cat3)  
2Aurelie Cannella (2 - Cat3)  
3Leila Carrillo (Fort Lewis College)  
4Mckenna Merten  
5Laura Batson (3 - Cat3)  
6Rachel Weaver  
7Mya Ramos (4 - Cat3)  
8Corrine Miller (Bike Surgeon/Continental Tire)  
9Deanne Gabriel (5 - Cat3)  
10Judi Mumm (6 - Cat3) (High Desert Bicycles Team)  
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