VIDEO: MITCH ROPELATO AND JILL KINTNER BLAZE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT'S ULTIMATE PUMP TRACK CHALLENGE

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First Ever Kokanee Crankworx Pump Track Event Presented In Partnership With Monster Energy

WHISTLER, BC August 13, 2010 – The Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, created in partnership with Monster Energy, was unleashed last night on the Boneyard’s brand new Crystal Viper track. On a course reminiscent of the “Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set,” the first ever pump track event at Kokanee Crankworx was as entertaining as it was fast-paced.

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After flying flawlessly through each ladder with a huge smile plastered across his face, Mitch Ropelato (USA) secured first place and $750 against Brendan Fairclough (GBR). In the small final Danny Hart (GBR) took on Austin Aldrich (USA), with Aldrich emerging victorious in third.

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For the women, a small bobble for Micayla Gatto (CAD) gave Jill Kintner (USA) more than enough time to pull in first and to grab her $750, while Emmeline Ragot (FRA) took third from Fionn Griffiths (GBR) in the small final.

“I am so stoked,” says Ropelato after the event. “This track is wild, I love all pump tracks but this one is so sweet. There are these nice tight corners, it is such a sick track.”

“We worked closely in partnership with Monster Energy to develop the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge and the fast and furious action did not disappoint,” says Jeremy Roche, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “We designed this course thinking the run would take around 20-25 seconds but these pros were clocking in around 15 seconds. It was an intense event.”

Pump tracks, an endless loop of steeply banked corners, doubles, gaps and rollers, have grown steadily in their popularity through the last five years. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s track, dubbed “Crystal Viper” is 70 feet by 90 feet, translating into a compact and spectator-friendly arena. The riders accelerate by pumping aggressively with their legs and arms rather than pedaling and as was shown over and over again last night, there is no room for error.

Find full event results here: http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/live-blog/2010-results

Saturday is going to be a huge day at Kokanee Crankworx with the signature event, the Monster Energy Slopestyle illustrating why it is the most important slopestyle event in the world. The live webcast starts at 5:30pm on Saturday, August 14. http://www.crankworx.com/webcast/

Take advantage of great room rates to experience all of the action in person at the brand new Aava Whistler Hotel, the official hotel of Kokanee Crankworx. Great room rates start at $119 on through www.whistler.com and 1-800-WHISTLER.

Every event at Kokanee Crankworx is webcast live, the full schedule can be found at www.crankworx.com/webcast. Daily on-demand video highlights will also ensure everyone stays up to date with all the happenings at the biggest freeride mountain bike festival in the world.

Keep up to date on all things Kokanee Crankworx through crankworx.com, Facebook.com/crankworx and make to follow @crankworx on Twitter.

Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb, home of the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Consistently ranked as North America’s top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb elevates summer adventure to new heights as it welcomes the world to experience the first summer following the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On-mountain activities include high alpine hiking and aerial sightseeing via the world’s longest continuous lift system featuring the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; epic riding in North America’s number one ranked lift-accessed mountain bike park, and summer skiing and riding on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier. In the valley, sparkling mountain lakes and beaches, four championship golf courses, and Whistler’s vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafés, shops, galleries and spas are all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, this all season resort is truly spectacular by nature. Check it out at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

About Intrawest
Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The Company has a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. In addition, Intrawest markets and sells real estate at its resorts in North America. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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