All Sorts of Cycling at Crankworx Colorado

From cross-country and dual slalom and big air, it's been a full weekend at Colorado's Winter Park Resort's Trestle Bike Park.


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The third day of competition Saturday at Crankworx Colorado at Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park saw Ross Schnell (Trek-Crank Bros.-SRAM) beat Bryan Alders (Maggianos Little Italy) by a fraction of a second, with Brad Bingham (Moots) finishing third less than 30 seconds back.

The "Intergalactic Pond Crossing" at Crankworx Colorado in Winter Park. Photo: Crankworx Colorado
The "Intergalactic Pond Crossing" at Crankworx Colorado in Winter Park. Photo: Crankworx Colorado

Pua Sawicki (Ergon-Ellsworth) topped the pro women’s race, finishing about four minutes ahead of Tokyo Joes teammates Gretchen Reeves and Erin Huck.

In the dual slalom, last year’s winner Peter Hanak had his chain break in the semi-finals. The men’s finals between Brian Buell and Jason Memmelaar was determined by only 0.042 of a second.

Jill Kintner swept the pro women’s division just after winning the 2010 U.S. national DH championship just up the road from Winter Park at Sol Vista. In Amateur Women’s division, Soraya Khalje Hanak dominated.

Dillon Lemarr proved to be tough competition in the Amateur Men’s division; he will be one to watch in future races. Junior Men’s finals proved to be one of the tightest races of the day between Austin Chipman and Austin Hackett Klaube. Chipman took top podium by only 0.068 of a second.

Matthew Branney overtook Maz Kaupas in the finals by only 0.637 of a second, making Boys 13-15 a true battle to the end. In Masters 30+ division, James Gillespie proved unbeatable at every level and finished solidly at 1st place.

Meanwhile, the slopestyle event was made more difficult by winds, played a factor during big air tricks catching spinning wheels and adding another obstacle for riders.

“I’ve been at Crankworx Colorado for three years, this year was a more technical course in terms of speed and transition,” said Brandon Semenuk, slopestyle and best trick champion. “This was my first time doing the front flip in competition and the wind was tough. I was on edge when I caught a couple of funnels. It was nice to make it to the bottom. I’m excited.”

The day wrapped with the inaugural Intergalactic Pond Crossing Championships. Many riders swam and only a few made it successfully across the Village Pond. Tim Allen won $500 for his quick speed and balance.

Cross-Country Results

Super D Results


Pro Men
1st Jason Memmelaar
2nd Brian Buell
3rd Peter Hanak
4th Camilo Sanchez

Pro Women
1st Jill Kintner
2nd Melissa Buhl
3rd Jackie Harmony
4th C Michelle Rivera

Amateur Men
1st Dillon Lemarr
2nd Jonathan Card
3rd Troy Delia
4th Freddy Hernandez

Amateur Women
1st Soraya Khalje Hanak
2nd Lauren Heitzman

Juniors 16-18
1st Austin Chipman
2nd Austin Hackett Klaube
3rd Cody Burdick
4th Jimmy Carpenter

Boys 13-15
1st Matthew Branney
2nd Max Kaupas
3rd Zachary D Proctor
4th Hunter McLean

Master 30+
1st James Gillespie
2nd Kevin Dixon
3rd James Koch
4th Clay Speas