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Emilly Johnston wins Canadian National Championships.
Strong races for Holden and Elyse

 
Photo courtesy of Rob Jones
Under very hot and humid conditions in Barrie Ontario Emilly Johnston took the lead of the junior women’s race from start to finish.  Choosing a slightly less aggressive pace off the line and keeping her body cool with soaker bottle each time through the feedzone in order to manage the temperatures she steadily inched out her gap over second place, Canadian Road champ Magdeleine Vallieres, by 1min 46s.  Emilly now gets to race in the National Champion’s jersey until next year where she will defend her title on the same course.

Holden Jones had a strong race, competing in his first year as a U23 claiming 4th. Starting more than a minute behind the elite men, the U23’s set off at a hot pace and caught and passed much of the elite field. By lap two Holden was hunting down the top three U23 riders but could not quite match their pace. The U23 win went to hometown fav Quinton Disera, 1 min 37 s ahead of Holden.

 
Elyse, perhaps more than most racers, has the ability to pull out every ounce of strength she has in a race.  She is often caught on camera with her head cocked to one side and a pretty good rar face.  She had to use this ability to it’s max to manage the heat and competitive field of Olympic, World Cup and Commonwealth Games medalists to earn 8thin the elite women’s field at nationals. The Elite women’s win also went to a local Favourite, Emily Batty followed by team mentor Catharine Pendrel.
 
 
Huge thanks to Keith and Emily Unterberger for their support in the feed/tech zone and to KazLaw, Mount Begbie Brewery, Sun Peaks Resort, Motivo Designs, Balanced Footcare, Kamloops Volkswagen and Johanna and Bruce for your financial support enabling us to provide airfare, accommodations, meals and support for this and select races throughout the season.  

Also a big thank you to Orbea Bicycles, RaceFace components, Garneau sportswear, SockGuy, ClifBar and Smith helmets and eyewear.

We could not run Pendrel Racing without you!
Emilly Johnston, Holden Jones and Elyse Nieuwold selected to represent Canada at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne Quebec
We are excited to announce that Emilly J, Holden and Elyse will be representing Canada August 28th-31stat the World Championships.  The team was selected based on Canada and World Cup performances and UCI World ranking.  We’re really excited to see them have this opportunity to represent Canada at a home World Championships. 

Emily Unterberger to race World Cup this weekend
 
Missing much of the season and World Championship selection events due to a concussion, Emily Unterberger is back to chasing the highest level of competition in Italy.  She has travelled over with her father and is lining up this weekend for her first Elite World Cup in Val Di Sole.  After a couple laps on course yesterday with team mentor Catharine Pendrel, Emily is feeling comfortable and excited about the race this weekend.  After Val di Sole she will follow the World Cup circuit to Lenzerheide, Switzerland for the next round.  Best of Luck Emily!  
You can watch the races live and on replay on RedBull.com and follow the live timing at uci.org
 
Although Emily Unterberger had travelled out to Nationals to race, a crash in training meant she was unable to line up for the event. While recovering from bruised ribs her help in the feedzone was critical to the success of the team, as riders took a drink and soaker bottle each time through the pits.  

Emily Unterberger crowned Climbzilla at the Climbduro in Bragg Creek Alberta
 
The Climbduro is a unique mass start bike race involving 2 climbing stages within an approximately 2.5hr day.  The course involves approximately 8km of flat pavement, 7 km of gravel and 3km of buff singletrack and riders can choose between a mtb, gravel or cross bike depending on what they think will perform best.  Emily opted for her Orbea Alma hardtail mountain bike and held off defending champ Alana Heiss for the win and $1000 cash purse.

Photos John Gibson
Upcoming Events
August 3rd Val di Sole World Cup, Italy (Emily U)
August 10th Lenzerheide World Cup, Switzerland (Emily U)
August 28-30 MSA Quebec World Championships Emilly J, Holden, Elyse)

Coach's Corner

About Pendrel Racing: Pendrel Racing is comprised of 4 Canadian Mountain Bikers with the skill, ambition and work ethic to make it to the highest level of our sport.  Under the mentorship of 3x Canadian Olympian and World Champion Catharine Pendrel and husband Keith Wilson, this team exists to develop the next generation.
Keith and Catharine started Pendrel Racing as a passion project to help up and coming racers.  Alongside teaching high school Math and Physics Keith coaches several national team athletes. Still competing at the World Cup level for the Clif Pro Team Catharine is involved in several athlete mentorship programs like Fast and Female and the Little Bella's as well as individual athlete coaching.
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