Aaron Gwin and Jill Kintner qualified substantially faster than their competition at the 2013 U.S National Championships of Downhill in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Gwin out-paced 2nd place qualifier and Specialized team mate, Mitch Ropelato, by over 7-seconds. Only nine Pro women broke the timing beam today and Jill Kintner obliterated the sparsely-attended field by 24-seconds over Jacqueline Harmony. Junior Men's racing was tighter with North Carolina riders at the top. Jay Fesperman just edged out Luca Shaw by .2-seconds for the fastest qualifying time.

2013 U.S. National Championship Downhill Qualifying Results - Pro Men Top 10

  1. Aaron Gwin, 5:23.188
  2. Mitch Ropelato, 5:30.789 +7.601
  3. Kevin Aiello, 5:31:994 +8.806
  4. Logan Binggeli, 5:34.486 +11.298
  5. Dillon Lemarr, 5:42.211 +19.023
  6. Graeme Pitts, 5:43.481 +20.293
  7. Cody Warren, 5:45.046 + 21.858
  8. Austin Hackett Klaube, 5:45.299 +22.111
  9. Ryan Condrashoff, 5:47.176 +23.988
  10. Trevyn Newpher, 5:48.256 +25.068

2013 U.S. National Championship Downhill Qualifying Results - Pro Women Top 3

  1. Jill Kintner, 6:06.305
  2. Jacqueline Harmony, 6:31.138 +24.833
  3. Anne Galyean, 6:36.244 +29.939

2013 U.S. National Championship Downhill Qualifying Results - Junior Men Top 5

  1. Jay Fesperman, 5:46.060
  2. Luca Shaw, 5:46.295 +0.235
  3. Shane Leslie, 5:50.957 +4.897
  4. Cole Picchiottino, 5:54.117 +8.057
  5. Jason Schroeder, 5:54.449 +8.389

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  • sspomer

    8/4/2013 8:18 PM

    Gwin and Jill are your new National Champs in DH - view results here

  • robmanzanares

    8/4/2013 6:40 AM

    Nope, there is a whopping nine in total!

  • epic

    8/4/2013 5:49 AM

    I hate to ask, but is the Women's Top-3 the entire women's field?

  • sspomer

    8/4/2013 8:18 PM

    as it says in the article, there were 9 total pro women competitors.

  • Josh_Swanke

    8/3/2013 8:43 PM

    I've heard from the right person this track is "fast and rough in a fun way". Wish I was there.

  • wfoerk

    8/3/2013 8:05 PM

    "Race course is sick." You really don't pay much attention, do you? Watch the course ride videos. It's a bike park. Go listen to the comments by the top racers at Andorra. There's downhill, and then there's bike parks. They ain't the same.

  • robmanzanares

    8/4/2013 6:41 AM

    Thank you.

  • DHmental

    8/4/2013 10:06 PM

    Haha why watch videos when I can ride it?

  • DHmental

    8/3/2013 5:40 PM

    Race course is sick. Possibly the best in the US, and the closest thing to a World Cup track around here. Even Andorra looks flat to you Internet Racers.

  • robmanzanares

    8/3/2013 6:01 PM

    You are right. Video always flattens the gnar. I can't count how many times my GoPro video looks lame after recording an epic ride.
    What do you think contributes to the under represented USA riders at WC podiums? Do you think our riders are not training hard enough?

  • robmanzanares

    8/3/2013 4:19 PM

    Hey folks, is it just me or is this track lacking difficulty? And further more, if the U.S.A. is going to get any steady UCI World Cup podiums, we are going to have to establish some WC level tracks in the U.S.A. so our Pro men and women can get their speed up to par. In the off season, the Europeans are rocking the British downhill series (Fort Bill and Llangollen) and three of the top four pro men of this race can be found at Fontana. Gwin recently stated in an interview after Fort Bill that there are no tracks in the U.S.A. that prepare him for the WC. So what gives? Maybe the riders should protest! Hey USA Cycling, what are you going to do to help?

  • Josh_Swanke

    8/3/2013 4:27 PM

    I couldn't agree more. We had solvista, but that's being destroyed by some aweful xc douche as we speak. Then we have winter park, which could be cool, but it has a bunch of dirt jumpers on short travel bikes who know nothing about DH building DH trails. ...we suck!

  • Scrub

    8/3/2013 4:37 PM

    Killdozer lives!...insert Holloween theme song. lol

  • tstep

    8/3/2013 4:55 PM

    You have to think about the up coming worlds track. This track is perfect practice for Pietermaritzburg and even Troy showed up to practice probably or that reason

  • learmiller

    8/3/2013 5:03 PM

    AGREEED!!! ^ dont get me wrong this track is super fun and fast. but I want bigger jumps, bigger rocks, and more gnar!

  • robmanzanares

    8/4/2013 6:44 AM

    And you are a Pro! Thank you! BTW, your pictures posted: "Loo king gooood!"

  • Ryan_Burney

    8/3/2013 5:31 PM

    Hey Champ, the track isn't hard if your slow. this is one of the fastest tracks in the US. We are here right now. racing. its easy if your slow. you should see how many hoops people are going through. don't judge it till your racing it, Champ.

  • robmanzanares

    8/3/2013 6:02 PM

    And I do wish I was there man!

  • taldfind

    8/3/2013 10:02 PM

    Most photos of most tracks (WC tracks included) tend to make the track look flat. Heck, the first time I watched a helmet cam video of the track in Andorra I thought it looked lame. But then the coverage of the race, and what the racers were saying changed my mind. As for this track, they incorporated parts of another track that was on the WC in 2006. So either WC tracks in '13 are tougher than they were in '06, or this track is tougher than it looks. I do agree that most of the US lacks really tough tracks, and needs way more tracks that are up to the WC standard.

  • robmanzanares

    8/4/2013 6:45 AM

    Thank you.

  • sspomer

    8/3/2013 3:40 PM

    note they're top 10, top 3 and top 5 - partial results. i was sent a photo of the results. they weren't complete and i wasn't typing out everything haha. maybe USAC will have the full pull soon.

  • scriz

    8/3/2013 3:28 PM

    No Bubba?

  • el_guillyt

    8/3/2013 3:10 PM

    Where is that guy called Richie Rude?

  • robmanzanares

    8/3/2013 4:07 PM

    Junior! Yeah, And and other fellow Yeti teammate Elliot Jackson?

  • sspomer

    8/3/2013 4:20 PM

    eliot no longer races and jared graves is australian, so he can't compete in the U.S. National Champs.

  • el_guillyt

    8/3/2013 10:44 PM

    Graves? Who asked for him?

  • robmanzanares

    8/4/2013 6:48 AM

    Aw, that's too bad. Is Eliot back on motocross? Yup, my mistake calling Jared.

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