Danielle Beecroft upsets the Queen of Crankworx, Jill Kintner, to take the victory at the Crankworx Whistler Dual Slalom
The excitement in Whistler wrapped up over the weekend with the Dual Slalom, a side-by-side battle against the clock and each other. It was an exciting day of racing for the Women of Team Shimano, will a full podium sweep! Australian Downhill racer Danielle Beecroft found the top of the podium, beating out the Queen of Crankworx, Jill Kintner, in a close final run. Anneke Beerten from the Alchemy Enduro team took third place behind Jill, beating out Shimano-young gun Kialani hines for the final step on the podium.
Danielle Beecroft came out of the gates ready to race after qualifying in the top seed.
Another battle between rivals Caroline Buchanan and Jill Kintner, this time with Jill taking the win in the Round of 8.
Semi Finals heat number one between Danielle Beecroft and Kialani Hines, who was racing through an injury from the Pump Track earlier in the week.
Kialani Hines really started to make a name for herself this past year, she will be one to watch at next year's Crankworx.
Jill Kintner sporting her new Queen of Crankworx nameplate bling.
Jill, the 5x Crankworx Whistler Dual Slalom Champ, was certainly the favorite to win the race.
Jill and Annekke, two racers with a deep history of BMX, faced each other in the Semifinals.
The excitement was high, but ultimately Annekke didn't have enough tricks in her bag to beat out Jill.
The Big Final between Jill Kintner and Danielle Beecroft.
A little slip in the first heat cost Jill and put her a few seconds behind Danielle heading into the second run.
Dual Slalom is all about keeping it smooth, and minimizing mistakes. Danielle came out keeping her cool and doing just that.
Jill pushed hard to recover from the first heat, taking the win in the second heat.
It was a tight race, but Danielle pulled out the win over the Queen herself!
A full Shimano sweep from the ladies on the Dual Slalom podium! Not a bad day in the office for Team Shimano.
Danielle Beercroft was stoked to take the victory. She was also the only rider choosing to race on her Downhill bike - the decision definitely worked out in her favor.
Danielle raced on her Pivot Phoenix equipped with SAINT M820 drivetrain and brakes.