PENDREL & GAGNE WIN OPENING ROUND OF CANADA CUP
VICTORIA, BC, March 5, 2017 – The first leader’s jerseys of the 2017 Canada Cup mountain bike series were awarded on Saturday at Bear Mountain Resort, just outside Victoria, BC. The Canada Cup has been the career starting point for many of Canada’s top professional and Olympic riders.
Situated in the foothills of Mount Finlayson with breathtaking views of Victoria’s seaside harbour, Bear Mountain Resort is the national training centre for Canada’s mountain bike squad, and offers vistas of the Olympic Mountain Range, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Four titles were awarded, in the Elite and Junior categories for men and women. Olympic bronze medalist Catharine Pendrel (Clif Bar) of Kamloops, BC, won the Elite women’s race, after leading from the first lap. Canadian national champion Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) of Brooklin, Ontario, was second, with U.S. champion Erin Huck (Cannondale-3Rox) third.
“I felt really good out there,” said Pendrel. “You never know quite what to expect in the beginning of the season, but it felt like the whole package. I felt strong on the climbs and really smooth in the woods, so I’m happy with how things went. It was a little tricky on the first lap because I got boxed in and didn’t have a good position, but Emily and I were both in the same position; we both cleared it and were able to do our races after that. It’s always great to start the season off strong.”