BC’s Pendrel and Sherlock Podium at MTB World Cup #7



Lenzerheide, Switzerland (August 12, 2019) – After a two-year absence, Catharine Pendrel has returned to the World Cup podium, finishing fifth on Sunday at Round 7 of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Pendrel rode her way up to the leaders on the first lap before crashing and losing contact, eventually working her way back into the top five on the last lap. Pendrel’s fifth-place also moved her into the top-10 in the overall standings.

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“It felt good to smell the champagne on the podium!” admitted Pendrel. “I felt good, and I’ve been starting to put together some complete races. I knew I had it in me, but it’s still about believing that I belong up there, and that when I get up there to actually be racing for the front of the race. I was super happy to be up there, and it’s perfect timing going into Mont-Ste-Anne.”

Canadian Junior rider Seth Sherlock also scored a podium, becoming the first Canadian since Finn Iles in 2017 to win a Downhill World Cup, with his victory on Saturday.

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“It was tough,” said Sherlock. “From training we were used to the dry track and then it got quite slippery for racing. It was hard to judge how fast we were going because the course changed, but it was actually grippier for the final. I was hoping to win one either this year or next year, but I never expected to do it at this race. I came into the year expecting top-15 and to qualify [for the final], so this is insane.”

Source: Cycling Canada
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BC’s Juniors Win National MTB XCO Championships

The 2019 Canadian MTB XCO Championships took place at Hardwood Ski & Bike in Oro-Medonte, Ontario this past weekend and welcomed over 700 athletes from all over the country.

BC’s Catharine Pendrel [Clif Pro/Sierra Nevada] and Sandra Walter [Liv Cycling] both podiumed in the Elite Women’s race finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively while reigning national champion, Emily Batty [Trek Factory Racing], won her fourth consecutive national title. There was also a repeat national champion in the Elite Men’s division as Peter Disera [Norco Factory] continued his dominance after winning his third consecutive national championship. Peter’s younger brother, Quinton Disera [Norco Factory], took the win in the men’s Under-23 category while BC’s Holden Jones [Pendrel Racing] finished 4th, Sean Fincham 7th, and Carter Nieuwesteeg in 14th.

BC’s young riders took the top podium spots in the Junior divisions with Emilly Johnston [Pendrel Racing] winning the Junior Women’s Canadian National Championship and Carter Woods [Rocky Mountain Factory] winning in the Junior Men’s.

Other riders on the Cycling BC project, Hamish Graham [Comox Bike Co] finished with a bronze in the Junior Men’s race and Marin Lowe took silver in the U-17 women’s race. Eva Leikermoser finished 16th in U17 women, Lief Rodgers 12th in U17 men, Erik Ashton 19th in U17 men, Kieran Nilsen 15th and Cody Scott was 9th in Junior Men. Jakob Yells  who was riding for the Cannondale team was 18th.

Congratulations to all the riders and coaches who represented BC at the 2019 MTB XCO National Championships and a huge thank you Cycling BC’s supporters and donors who make opportunities like these possible for BC’s athletes.

For a list of Full Race Results, please go to http://racetiming.ca/neweventpage.php?EventId=1924

Photos by Rob Jones/CanadianCyclist.com

XCO Mountain Bike Nationals Head to Hardwood Ski & Bike This Weekend

The Canadian XCO Championships will return to Hardwood Ski & Bike, located in the township of Oro-Medonte, ON, on July 20-21. This venue played host to the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, where Canadian athletes won two gold medals.

“We are thrilled to be back at Hardwood Ski & Bike for what is sure to be one of the most exciting XCO Championship races to-date,” said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada. “With Canadian riders continuing to climb the ranks on the World Cup circuit, and across all levels of international competition, there is no doubt that the level of competition will be incredibly high as riders fight for the right to wear the maple leaf into the 2020 season. Alongside Championship racing, the event will also play host to challenge racing available to riders of all ages and abilities. The expo area will also be very alive, with multiple vendors on-site providing some great products for fans to check out between races.”

The Cross-country championships for men and women will take place on Saturday, July 20, for categories ranging from Cadet (Under-17) through Junior (Under-19), Under-23, Elite and Masters, with about 450 riders competing in all categories. On Sunday, July 21st, the Team Relay event will conclude the Championships.

The Elite women’s race will see current champion Emily Batty (Trek Factory) go for her fifth title, with a strong field of contenders also registered to race. Former world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) will be back after recovering from an injury last year, alongside World Cup & Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Haley Smith (Norco Factory). Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling), Maghalie Rochette (Specialized) and Jenn Jackson (AWI Racing P/B The Crank and Sprocket) will also be looking to get on the top step of the podium.

The men’s race will have a deep field of contenders, including top World Cup ranked Canadian and current champion Peter Disera (Norco Factory), Rio Olympians Leandre Bouchard (Pivot Cycles – OTE) and Raphael Gagne, as well as Andrew L’Esperance (Norco Factory). Sean Fincham (Norco Factory) might also be a contender for a spot on the podium, finishing 4th last year in the Elite field.   Source: Cycling Canada

A group of riders on a project with Cycling BC will be ready to go up against the best in the country and we wish the team the best in racing at nationals this weekend.

Cycling BC Team: 
Eva Leikermoser [Comox]
Marin Lowe [Garibaldi Highlands]
Cody Scott [North Vancouver]
Kieran Nilsen [Comox]
Lief Rodgers [Port Moody]
Erik Ashton [Comox]

2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix: XCO Series Winners Declared

The results are in. The winners of the 2019 BC Cup XCO Series p/b Cobotix have been named after the conclusion of the series finale in Whistler this past weekend.

The 2019 BC Cup XCO Series p/b Cobotix consisted of five of the provinces top cross-country mountain bike races starting with a couple of races at Bear Mountain on March 30-31, the Coaster 50 (short course), the BC XCO Provincial Championships at Junkyard Dog, and the Whistler XCO Canada Cup.

Points are calculated from the results of each race and the rider with the most points at the end of the series is determined as the series winner. Riders need to have finished three out of the five races to be eligible for the BC Cup.

Cycling BC congratulates all the riders across all of the series’ races this season. With the results of the Whistler Canada Cup, the last and final BC Cup XCO race of the season, we have been able to establish the 2019 BC Cup XCO Series Winners. Winners will receive the BC Cup winner’s jersey and will be recognized at the Cycling BC Season Wrap-up Party later in the year.

2019 BC Cup XCO Series Winners

Category Name Team
Elite Men Marc-Andre Fortier Pivot Cycles – OTE
Elite Women Elissa Lok Elite Women
Junior Men Carter Woods Rocky Mountain Factory
Master 30-39 Men Ian Sherk Master 30-39 Men
Master 40-49 Men Chris McNeil Soul Sportif
Senior Amateur Men Rob Anthony Senior Amateur Men
U13 Men Kai Sargent Tripleshot
U13 Women Tayte Proulx-Royds U13 Women
U15 Men Cam McCallum Team Squamish
U15 Women Marin Lowe Team Squamish
U17 Expert Men Lief Rodgers Daryl Evans Racing
U17 Expert Women Eva Leikermoser Trail Bicycles Racing



Photos by: Scott Robarts Photography

Cycling BC Announces Team Selection for 2019 Road, MTB XCO, and BMX Nationals

The targeted athletes selected to represent BC at the 2019 Canadian Junior/Elite/Para Road Championships in Beauce, Quebec from June 28 to July 1, 2019, are:


Sarah Van Dam [Victoria]
Elle Bush [Langley]
Elizabeth Gin [Surrey]
Lilly Ujfalusi [New Westminster]
Annabella Stoll-Dansereau [Vancouver]
Riley Pickrell [Victoria]
Sean Richardson [Vancouver]
Evan McBeath [Vancouver]

The Canadian Road Championships bring together the nation’s fastest riders to vie for the coveted maple leaf jersey and the title of national champion. The eight athletes from BC will be supported on the project by Cycling BC coaches and staff including Houshang Amiri, Brandon Archer, and Erin Waugh.

The athletes that will represent Cycling BC at the 2019 Canadian XCO Mountain Bike Championships on July 20, 2019 in Oro Station, Ontario are,


Eva Leikermoser [Comox]
Marin Lowe [Garibaldi Highlands]
Cody Scott [North Vancouver]
Kieran Nilsen [Comox]
Lief Rodgers [Port Moody]
Erik Ashton [Comox]

Staff supporting the team at the MTB XCO Championships are Joel Harwood and Tara Mowat.

For the Canadian BMX Championships on July 6, 2019 in Etobicoke, ON, the Cycling BC team will consist of the following riders.


Teigan Pascual [Squamish]
Violet Cejalvo [Langley]
Keira Murphy [Nanaimo]
Summer MacMullen [Maple Ridge]
Alex Grecht [Parksville]
Mitchel Landry [Nanaimo]
Aiden Grecht [Parksville]
Caleb Dobie [Maple Ridge]
Ryan Tougas [Pitt Meadows]

Cycling BC BMX coaches, Mischa Partridge and Adam Muys, will be supporting the team at the national championships. The athletes have been working hard at training at camps throughout the season in preparation for nationals. “The development team had a great session working on the technical track,” said Mischa Partridge, BMX Coach for Cycling BC after a team’s training session in Abbotsford. “The targeted athletes got some practice in on the Supercross hill before heading out to the national championships next week.”

Cycling BC delivers High Performance and Development programs that provide targeted BC athletes with support to develop to their fullest potential, including opportunities to train and achieve success at national competitions. Thank you to our corporate partners, members, and all the individuals that support cycling in BC.

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Links to Team Selection Criteria can be found on the High Performance Training Camps & Projects webpage