Jill Kintner Wins U.S. Open of Mountain Biking
June 9, 2017
Jill Kintner defended her title at the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, taking the win as the event returned for the first time since 2011. Read all about it in Jill’s own words below, and be sure to follow her over the next two weeks as she competes at Crankworx Les Gets and Crankworx Innsbruck!
US OPEN DOWNHILL
Vernon, NJ – May 25-28, 2017 – Memorial day weekend saw a comeback of an American mountain bike classic; The US Open. Last held in 2011, the Open was a annual stop for US and World Cup contenders to try their hand at winning the biggest $ prize on US soil. The 6 year absence of this event didn’t seem to matter, as new management captured the spirit and energy of the Open for future endeavours.
The bike park at Mountain Creek Resort is known for jagged rock sections, wide open ski hills, and fun features on the trails. 2017 saw a fresh trail for this event, which saw some easy adversity with soggy weather. The ground soft in places, causing some deep ruts and slippery spots leading into the rocks, but as conditions evolved, speeds picked up and riders found their groove. “Sun”day was a perfect day, drying things out and giving fans and the 250 competitors optimal conditions when it mattered. Times improved, speeds picked up, and the racing fierce.
In the pro category Pennsylvania native Neko Mulally edged out his team mate/ current World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin, who made a costly mistake, but came back to deliver a nail biting finish in 2nd. The atmosphere erupted as this happened, and all the local support from friends and family for Neko made everyone pumped on the ending. Jill Kintner also put down a heater, improving her time by nearly 10 seconds from qualifying and claimed the US Open title once again
“It’s really good for American racing to have the US Open make a comeback. It’s a stand alone event that can draw good talent with the proximity to NYC, and huge prize purses!! Weather made things a little slippery and unpredictable early on with the greasy rocks and ruts on a new course, but sunshine elevated the game for Sunday. East coast rock gardens have always been infamous for crowds, and apart from the absence of the drum set guy, the energy was on point to years past. There was a lot going on over the week with the racing, Whip-Off, a Grom Bomb for kids, Red Bull DJ, impressive amateur prizes, giveaways, and a Biergarten at the finish. I had a perfect weekend, collected a big check, and feel pretty teed up for the next couple of weeks in Europe.” – Jill Kintner
- Jill Kintner- USA – 02:43.29
- Caroline Washam- USA – 02:54.77
- Sam Kingshill – USA – 03:11.65
- Angela Palermo- USA – 03:11.65
- CJ Selig – USA – 03:13.70