Aaron Gwin rocks the garden on his way to National Champ. Ross McDonald, MTBMania photo
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA — New USAC National Champions were crowned last weekend at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park following plenty of dry, dusty action. The track was slightly different this year, with some rocks pulled and jumps added to make times faster. The speeds some racers carry is quite terrifying and with everyone turning up the speeds that tiny bit, there was plenty of carnage.
Todd Renwick is caught napping. Ross McDonald, MTBMania photo
"The track here at Mammoth is dusty, dry, and you're rolling on marbles the entire time," said Ross McDonald of MTB Mania. "Touch the brakes and you go flying. Gwinny qualified first, but we all know he doesn't have brakes on his bike anyway."
Mike Sylvestri waits in the hot seat to see if his time of 3:23:54 will be enough to hang on to the lead. Bridgette LeBer photo
Flats, crashes, and concussions took out many pro and junior riders, but Aaron Gwin dominated the field for pro men once again. Mikey Sylvestri felt right at home in the kitty litter and slid into second, with Luca shaw rounding out the top 3. Kevin Aiello and Logan Binggeli had clean runs and ended up 4th and 5th respectively.
Luca Shaw airs toward a 3rd place finish. Ross McDonald, MTBMania photo
Charlie Harrison also defended his #1 qualifying spot with a time only 8 seconds off of Aaron Gwin. The 15-16 National champ from last year, Andras Simon, had a crazy run to slot himself into a hot 2nd. Warren Kniss, your dual slalom National Jr. Champion rounded out the top 3.
Aaron Gwin slides into history as the new National Champion. Bridgette LeBer photo
Jill Kintner stomped the competition by 15 seconds to take her 15th national title for pro women. Jacqueline Thomas from Colorado took down the #2 spot, while Becky Gardner who has been training in Colorado ended up placing 3rd.
Source: Ross McDonald, MTB Mania
2015 MAMMOTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
PRO DOWNHILL RESULTS
1st Place: Aaron Gwin | 3:20:522
2nd Place: Michael Sylvestri | 3:23.454
3rd Place: Luca Shaw | 3:24.470
4th Place: Kevin Aiello | 3:28.174
5th Place: Logan Binggeli | 3:29.185
1st Place: Jill Kintner | 4:03.955
2nd Place: Jacqueline Thomas | 4:19.598
3rd Place: Rebecca Gardner | 4:55.050
4th Place: Amanda Batty | 4:55.414
5th Place: Kjersti Christensen | 5:13.067