Jill Kintner and Sam Blenkinsop won the coveted “King and Queen of Crankworx” titles this past week at the final stop of the World Tour in Whistler BC. This award goes to the rider who collects the most points from the 4 stops world wide.
Jill won this title for the 3rd year in a row, but 5 times total, while Sam was finally able to clinch it after coming second a few times.
She had this to say, “Crankworx is my main goal, as it’s such a good series to showcase your skill, get sponsors in the lime-light, and be rewarded for the effort! ”
Over the past couple of weeks, Crankworx hosted the European segments of the 4-stop Crankworx World Tour with stop #2 in the city of Innsbruck, Austria, and #3 in Les Gets France. Jill Kintner competed in several events including; Downhill, slalom, and pumptrack and extended her lead and finishing no worse than silver in all 5 events she entered. With just one more stop to go this August in Whistler, Jill is in prime position to try to reclaim the overall title of Queen of Crankworx once again….
( See the current King and Queen overall points standings here.)
Monterey, CA - APRIL 19-22, 2018 The Sea Otter Classic rolled into its 27th year at Laguna Seca raceway drawing exhibitors, racers, and fans alike to the unofficial North American Season opener.
“ It was interesting to see a more natural build to the slalom course this year with off-camber grass turns, ruts, and fewer man made sections. The racing was difficult because of the traction and rewarded control. Slalom is my favorite event, and I try to be better and better each year, regardless of what I have done in the past. It feels great to win a big event in front of so many people, so thanks to my sponsors who make it possible:).”
This marks Jill’s 8th consecutive win in Dual slalom , and 6th in DH, giving her the most successful run of any athlete at this event…
ROTORUA, NZ - MARCH 17-25, 2018 - The first stop of the Crankworx World Tour began in New Zealand last week with 9 action packed days of gravity mountain biking. Adding more events and new courses to the line up this year, Rotorua continues to push the limits as one of the world’s premiere biking locations.
Jill Kintner competed in 5 events this time, claiming 3 wins and all top 5 finishes (Redwoods DH, slalom, Air DH, Pumptrack, and skyline Downhill). The points system for the prestigious King and Queen championship had changed from 2017 with double points for enduro, whip points, added slalom, etc, so getting solid points in every event was a huge success.