JILL KINTNER AND MITCH ROPELATO WIN ULTIMATE PUMP TRACK CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY ROCK SHOX

WHISTLER, BC July 21, 2011 – It felt like déjà vu at the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox, as last year’s defending champs in both the Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s categories kept their titles. Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner took the wins for the second year in a row.

Despite a rainy week the Crystal Viper track was in good shape for the fast-paced, highly entertaining action. Mitch Ropelato (USA) secured first place against Blake Carney (USA) and Tomas Slavik (CZE) emerged victorious in the small final to take third. Jill Kintner (USA) pulled in first against second place Melissa Buhl (USA) while Steffi Marth (GER) took third.

Pump tracks, an endless loop of steeply banked corners, doubles, gaps and rollers, have grown steadily in their popularity through the last five years. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s track, dubbed “Crystal Viper” is a compact and spectator-friendly arena. The riders accelerate by pumping aggressively with their legs and arms rather than pedaling and as was shown over and over again last night, there is no room for error.

Find full event results here: http://www.crankworx.com/index.php/results/kokanee-crankworx/2011-results/47-2011-results

Due to rain earlier in the day, the Red Bull Qualifiers have been rescheduled for Friday, July 22 from 2:30-3:30pm to determine the riders advancing to compete in the Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, July 23. This event will not be webcast.

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