Racing: Aussies Dominate GIANT Dual Slalom at Crankworx 2013

Words by Flow | Images by Crankworx / Caroline Buchanan

Wet conditions did not slow down Graeme Mudd (AUS), who took home the top spot in the GIANT Dual Slalom Pro Men’s final in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Steady rain showers fell throughout the ladders, making for a wet, sloppy course, but that didn’t bother Mudd who beat out Connor Fearon (AUS) in the final. Ryan Hunt (AUS) rounded out the all Australian podium taking the bronze with a win over Fab Cousinie (FRA) in the small final.

“This is awesome,” said champion Mudd “I think my BMX background really helped to overcome the adverse conditions.”

Jill Kintner (USA) continued her superb Crankworx, adding GIANT Dual Slalom Pro Women’s gold to her, Fox Air DH, and Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Presented by RockShox titles. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) finished in second place, and Anneke Beerteen (NED) narrowly edged out Katy Curd (UK) for the bronze.

The GIANT Dual Slalom’s crowd-pleasing format pits two competitors, side by side, with the clock’s second hand as the guillotine dropping to eliminate one rider per round. A bike-handling battleground, the finely sculpted track of jumps, berms, rhythm sections and drops pits fourcross specialists against gnar-chasing downhillers. Riders take one run down each side of the course. The fastest combined time wins.

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