Pendrel 15th overall in World Cup standings after two events

Catharine Pendrel placed 14th in elite women’s World Cup cross-country mountain biking action on Sunday in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic.

The 38-year-old Kamloops resident finished the Olympic race in 1:30.27, two minutes and 56 seconds off the pace set by defending world champion Kate Courtney of the U.S.

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After two races on the seven-stop circuit, Courtney leads overall World Cup standings with 700 points, having also finished atop the podium in the opening event last weekend in Germany.

Courtney, 23, last weekend became the first American in 20 years to win gold in a cross-country event.

Pendrel, who placed 12th in Germany, is 15th overall heading into the next event, which will run from July 5 to July 7 in Vallnord, Andorra.

The two-time world champion (2011, 2014) broke her left humerus (the long bone between the shoulder and elbow) last summer, an injury that wreaked havoc on her season and forced her out of two World Cup events.

Pendrel, a three-time World Cup champion (2010, 2012, 2016), finished the 2018 circuit in 21st place.

She dropped one spot, to 38th from 37th, in the most recent world rankings.


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