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Mitch Ropelato, Men's MTX National Champion - 2009 U.S. National Championships Photo Feature - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB

Mitch Ropelato won JrX downhill earlier in the afternoon and took home the MTX victory quite easily. Regardless of what gate was used, Mitch and the fastest guys proved they had whatever skills necessary to finish on top. Pro racer, Brian Buell, said that he, Mitch, J.D. Swanguen (all MTX podium finishers) and others were in favor of the pro drop gate. However, these opinions for the gate, as well as those opinions against the gate, were not expressed at any rider meeting and the fiasco was fueled. Riders had their opinion, but none cared enough to bring it up at the sanctioned meeting. Any rider who tried to privately and individually influence USAC official decisions for or against the gate, was not being fair to their fellow competitors. Let's move on and hope USAC gives course design input, does their course inspections properly and competitors pipe up in future rider meetings so this doesn't happen again.

Credit: Spomer
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2009 U.S. National Championships Photo Feature « Previous

  • Welcome to the 2009 U.S. National Championships
  • Aaron Gwin, Men's Downhill National Champ
  • Duncan Riffle, 2nd, Men's Downhill
  • Shaun Palmer Returns!
  • Palmer with his eyes on the prize
  • And another Palmer
  • Shaun Palmer shots never get old.
  • The MTX gate that never was...
  • Mitch Ropelato, Men's MTX National Champion
  • Unused MTX doubles turned entertainment
  • Big Rich Houseman, 2nd in Men's MTX
  • The Beer Cart at the MTX track was busy all night!
  • Bryn Atkinson, chillin'.
  • Jill Kintner, Women's MTX National Champion
  • Reynolds and Theo
  • Beautiful National XC track
  • Melissa Buhl, Women's Downhill National Champ
  • J.D. Swanguen, 3rd place
  • Matt Thompson, 50 foot gap jump
  • Gwin and Cody Warren in a train for the jumps
  • Lisa Myklak, the peoples champ!
  • Did you bring your sunscreen?
  • Kain Leonard, ripping
  • Luke Strobel, focused
  • Autograph signing at the Pro Meet 'n' Greet
  • Jared Rando with his bike
  • Scott Papola, dust in the wind
  • Kirt Voreis and the Rexican, filming
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