Jill Kintner takes top honor at inaugural MTB Grand Prix!
Escondido, California – The first round of the 2012 US Grand Prix of Mountain Biking kicked off in Port Angeles, WA on April 29 with overwhelming success as Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) and Jill Kintner (Team Norco International) took top honors over an extremely deep international field!
The NW Cup in Port Angeles provided an excellent venue for the inaugural MTB GP event, as world-class mountain bike racers took advantage of some of the best tracks that the pacific-northwest has to offer. Although the weather threatened to dampen the spirits of the record number participants & spectators, the US saw what could be one of the most exciting races of the 2012 season!
In the women’s field, American Jill Kintner took top honors over Canadian Mirranda Miller (Santa Cruz / Sram) & fellow American Holly Feniak (GoPro / Cove / Shimano).
Pro women’s winner Jill Kintner stated, “How good is this scene here? It’s awesome! It’s like a world cup today! It was a fun track to ride. I had a great time!”
Canadian Steve Smith took the win in the pro men’s field just ahead of American Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing), & Australia’s Mick Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride).
“It went super smooth, the track was sick! I was stressing a bit because there was a bit of mud at the top, but it was nothing, super fast… killed it” said pro men’s winner Steve Smith!
Congratulations to all competitors and special thanks to the great guys from the NW Cup! The MTB GP heads east to Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont on June 15-17.
PRO MEN RESULTS
1. Steve Smith 2:30:69
2. Aaron Gwin 2:32:43
3. Mick Hannah 2:33:57
4. Josh Bryceland 2:33:92
5. Neko Mulally 2:34:73
PRO WOMEN RESULTS
1. Jill Kintner 2:54:70
2. Miranda Miller 2:56:79
3. Holly Frank 2:57:28
4. Joanna Petterson 3:09:21
5. Katie Holden 3:10:94
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