Adrien Loron and Jill Kintner Extend Points Lead at Crankworx Innsbruck
June 28, 2017
For the second straight year, Jill Kintner and Adrien Loron will go into the last stop on the Crankworx World Tour in Whistler leading the race for King and Queen.
Jill collected 200 points at Innsbruck, earning second place finishes in both the Pump Track and Downhill events. She now holds a commanding 165-point lead over Caroline Buchanan as she looks to defend her Queen of Crankworx title in Whistler.
“That was a tight battle, especially for a final under lights like that. It really sucks to be on the losing end by just .03 of a second, grrr, but everyone seemed pretty stoked to watch good racing, and I know what I need to do. Still stings though. I was glad to see a course with a few more turns and technical variations; that’s the direction pumptracks should go for sure:).” – Jill Kintner, on her Pump Track result
“This course was like a tamer version of Val Di sole; natural, loose, rooty, rough, just not as steep. It was a good test of braking ability as you had to be patient in regulating speed and hitting marks to snake between the trees and balance on the off-cambers. I was pretty happy with my run, liked the course more and more as it evolved, and felt good. Doing multiple events in a week isn’t easy when the other girls are able to focus on just the one, but it gives me satisfaction knowing I can race against the best in the World in any discipline. To come 2nd to the current leader of the World Cup and get really good points for the overall is a win in my book.” – Jill Kintner, on her DH run
Adrien extended his lead to 50 points over Jack Moir, collecting 100 points with 4th place finishes in Dual Speed & Style and Pump Track. After finishing second and third in the King of Crankworx rankings in 2015 and 2016, Adrien could take the title for the first time with solid performances in Whistler.
Norco Factory Racing was also in action at Innsbruck, competing in the Whip Off and Downhill events. Joe Smith, who sat out the Whip Off due to his early season shoulder injury, qualified first in the DH and finished 5th in the finals. Sam Blenkinsop ended up 13th and Henry Fitzgerald was 49th as the team moves on to World Cup #4 this weekend in Vallnord.