Catharine Pendrel took the overall World Cup Cross-Country Mountain Bike title today just two weeks after winning a Bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Pendrel, who trains with the National Mountain Bike team at Bear Mountain, Langford, finished third today in Andorra, in the final round of the series. This was enough to secure her the title.
Pendrel won the overall title, her third, with 1030 points, in a season that included one World Cup victory, a second place and two third places. She said afterwards: “World Cup Champion feels so good after the suffer fest out there today. This is an incredibly hard race. My start was amazing and I felt really good, but I definitely ran out of oxygen on the second lap. I had trouble staying up on the second descent, was kind of all over the place. I had to really regroup to get my breath. Then it was just about damage control; going as slow as I could just to stay upright on the descent and then hammer on the climb. It wasn’t the prettiest race but it got the job done.”
Fellow National MTB team member, who narrowly missed a medal at Rio, Emily Batty, came third overall. Annika Langvad of Denmark was second.
Pendrel had a strong start to today’s race, leading in the opening lap before crashing and falling back to third, to finish one minute and 21 seconds behind Jolanda Neff of Switzerland and 45 seconds behind second placed Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa of Norway. Batty, who had crashed in training, raced with bruised ribs but moved up from 19th on the first lap to finish 12th.