Ross Milan and Jill Kintner win 4x; Paul Rowney 3rd; Trent Lowe 5th in STXC; Jared Graves 5th in DH
Snowshoe, WV – Team Yeti showed incredible strength and depththis weekend as it won the men’s and women’s pro 4x, took 3rd and 5th inthe STXC, and 5th place in the downhill.Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend was Ross Milan, a Coloradonative who has been a dominant force on the Colorado race scene for thelast few years, had a breakthrough race winning the men’s 4x over someof the biggest names in the sport. “I’ve have always known I had the potentialto get on the podium at a national event, but I am stoked that it was afirst place finish,” said an elated Milan after the race.Milan posted the fastest qualifying time and then moved through theheats relatively easily until the final heat, which included Mike King,Brian Schmith, and John Kirkaldie. A wreck took out King and Kirkaldie,leaving Milan and Schmith to battle it out to the finish. Milan pushedhard to the end and won the heat and took top honors.Some of the best were on-hand to contend the women’s 4x, but it wasthe top qualifying Jill Kintner who took the top podium spot, beating TaraLlanes, Melissa Buhl, and Lisa Sher. “I am feeling really comfortable onmy bike and am riding really well,” said Kintner who has won her last two4x events and now leads in the overall standings.While the gravity riders were celebrating victories, the cross-countryguys were battling it out on the gut-wrenching short-track cross countrycourse. Teammates Paul Rowney and Trent Lowe were using team tactics totheir advantage as a lead group of Rowney, Lowe, Geoff Kabush, Chris Sheppard,and Travis Brown took control of the race with about five minutes remaining. Kabush and Sheppard were able to ride away from the main group leavingthe Rowney, Lowe and Brown to contend for the final podium spots. Rowneywas third and Lowe fifth, giving Yeti two of the five podium spots forthe second race in a row.All the success in the other events left Jared Graves as the only TeamYeti rider without a podium finish. But the affable, yet extremely competitiveAussie would round out the weekend with a 5th place finish in the downhillevent. “It was a really technical course and it got pretty trashed as theday went on,” said Graves. “So I rode steady and tried not to make anybig mistakes,” Graves explained after the race.Team Yeti will race next weekend at Mount Snow, VT and then head northto Mont St-Anne for the World Cup.