Kintner, Loron win Pump Track Challenge 

Loron, Beerten claim overall titles

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Adrien Loron and Jill Kintner mark their Pump Track Challenge victories in Whistler Olympic Plaza on Thursday.
  • Photo by Dan Falloon
  • Adrien Loron and Jill Kintner mark their Pump Track Challenge victories in Whistler Olympic Plaza on Thursday.

Jill Kintner made it two wins in two days.

A day after capturing the Fox Air DH, the Seattle resident came away with a win in the Pump Track Challenge in Whistler Olympic Plaza for the fifth time in six years and rebounding after Australian competitor Caroline Buchanan edged her out of the top spot in 2014.

Kintner edged past Anneke Beerten in the final to claim the win. North Vancouver's Micayla Gatto rounded out the podium.

"It's not that easy. It's like a tense, quick effort. A back to back effort," Kintner said. "The final (was toughest). Your nerves are up and I know Anneke's always tough, so I'm just trying to get really solid pumps and look out of the turns really hard.

"By the time you get to the final, you're a little bit shaky from all the heats."

Beerten, however, claimed the first-ever world tour championship in pump track with 350 points to Kintner's 250. Kintner did not take part in the second stop of the Crankworx tour in France.

"It's amazing. We had three great rounds, and to take the overall (title) is just great," said the Dutch rider. "The one that I won, the first one in New Zealand, was the best one, but at the other two, it was a great battle and I enjoyed all of them."

As she strives for the overall Queen of Crankworx title as well, Beerten has been battling through thick and thin, having come into Whistler with stitches in her knee before needed to have her arm sewn up after a crash earlier Thursday in the Official World Whip-Off Championships.

Beerten has hit the podium three times and earned points in four contests so far to take a 700 to 525 lead on Casey Brown.

Adrien Loron won the men's event while also claiming the overall title by blasting past Joost Wichman in the standings.

In the race, Loron defeated Paul Basagoitia, who claimed his first podium finish at Crankworx since winning the slopestyle event in 2005. Rookie Dakotah Norton ended up in third.

Loron also passed Great Britain's Bernard Kerr for the King of Crankworx lead.



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