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

TWO PODIUMS FOR CANADA AT LENZERHEIDE MTB WORLD CUP

 

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 Riders Sweep National Downhill & Enduro Championships

CANADIAN DOWNHILL AND ENDURO TITLES AWARDED

Panorama, BC (July 29, 2019) – Panorama played host to a weekend of national championship Gravity titles, with the first ever Enduro national championships held on Saturday, followed by the Downhill championships on Sunday. British Columbia riders swept all the titles.

In the Enduro, Jennifer McHugh of Fernie, BC, won the Elite women’s title, 2.67 seconds ahead of former Downhill world champion Miranda Miller. The men’s title went to Remi Gauvin out of Squamish, BC, 45.75 seconds ahead of Rhys Verner.

Vaea Verbeeck from Coldstream, BC, successfully defended her Elite women’s title, 5.21 seconds in front of Georgia Astle, with Miller in third. The men’s Elite title went to former Junior world champion Finn Iles of Whistler, BC, in a very tight race with Kirk McDowall and defending champion Magnus Manson, who both finished less than a second behind Iles. The Junior titles went to Seth Sherlock in the men and Madison Skrypnek in the women.

“We are thrilled to be hosted by beautiful Panorama Resort for our first ever combined Enduro and DH Gravity Championships weekend,” said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada. “This is the first time that we crowned official Canadian Champions in the Enduro discipline, and there were fierce battles in both the Elite Men and Women’s categories for the titles. This was the third consecutive year that the DH Championships have been hosted at Panorama, and the organizers spiced it up with some course tweaks to keep riders on their toes. We saw fast racing for the coveted maple leaf sleeve across all categories.”

View Full Results of the 2019 Canadian Downhill and Enduro Championships.


Source: Cycling Canada