Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops B.C., shown in this file photo, secured her fourth Canadian Mountain Bike Championship title on Saturday in St. Felicien, Que.
World champion Catharine Pendrel secured her fourth Canadian Mountain Bike Championship title on Saturday in St. Felicien, Que. while Max Plaxton of Victoria won his second.
Pendrel, of Kamloops, B.C., pulled away to win in one hour 30 minutes 22 seconds followed by Marie-Helene Premont of Chateau Richer, Que. Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ont., won the bronze.
Pendrel won her first national title in St. Felicien in 2009.
"This is a great venue," she commented. "It wasn't an easy victory, because I knew that Marie-Helene (Premont) was anxious to win her on home ground. I had a little bobble in the middle of the race, but everything went really well for me and this is a great win as part of my build up for the Olympics."
The men's race was a battle between seven-time champion Geoff Kabush of Victoria and Plaxton, the rider who broke his consecutive win streak last year.
Plaxton won in 1:32:48 followed by Kabush 42 seconds later. Derek Zandstra of Trenton, Ont., took bronze.