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Norco Bicycles athlete Jill Kintner cleans up at US Nationals – for the 21st and 22nd time.

2019-08-02 12:45:05
Norco global athlete Jill Kintner gave a masterclass in winning at the USA National MTB Championships held at Winter Park, Colorado’s Trestle Mountain Bike Park on July 26-28. Her weekend’s efforts claimed victory in every race she started on her way to her 21st and 22nd Elite national championship titles.
 

DUAL SLALOM


Facing a competitive field over a challenging slalom course, Jill took advantage of the nimble handling of her Norco Optic to navigate her way through to the final, which was no walk in the park, and fought her way to victory in spectacular fashion.
 
“This slalom course was quite fun and technical. It took a bit of control with braking and skills, which is nice to see. In the final I had a couple issues up top, but really turned up the speed on the bottom half and was so proud of my riding,” she said.
 
“Slalom is my favorite event, and the USA has the best riders in the world in this event, so it was a great day with great racing in all categories. Stoked to win here and get my 8th us title in this event.”
 

Results
Elite Women
1st - Jill Kintner
2nd - Kialani Hines
3rd - Clare Hamilton
 
Elite Men
1st - Mitch Ropelato
2nd - Kyle Strait
3rd - Tommy Zula
 

DOWNHILL


Designers put together a pedaler’s course to decide the US National Elite DH Champion, inspiring the reigning Queen of Crankworx to pilot her 150mm travel Norco Range Enduro rig rather than her DH–sled,  which proved to be a winning choice, helping her maximize lightweight and pedaling efficiency through the thin mountain air.
 
“The downhill course was a lot of fun; it had a nice mix of grade, traction, pedaling, and some burly rock gardens. The length of the course at altitude was the hardest part I think, as the thin air made it really hard to catch your breath. The course also developed a lot of holes and was quite rough by the end, but this was perfect enduro training before the Whistler EWS! My race final felt really composed, and I was thrilled to claim my 22nd elite national title at the end of a long week,” she said.
 

Results
Elite Women
Jill Kintner: 5:47.75
Clare Hamilton: +4.57
Kialani Hines: +14.74
Caroline Washam: +14.93
Samantha Soriano: +16.71
 
Elite Men
Neko Mulally: 5:01.42
Charlie Harrison: +2.95
Dakotah Norton: +3.05
Bruce Klein: +3.61
Nikolas Nestoroff: +7.91
 
Congratulations, Jill! We’re so proud to be part of what you do!