Catharine Pendrel was pleased with her performance at the first elite women’s cross-country mountain biking World Cup stop of the season.
The 38-year-old Kamloops rider placed 12th in the Olympic race last Sunday in Albstadt, Germany, her time of 1:30.05 about four minutes off the pace set by gold medallist and defending world champion Kate Courtney of the U.S.
“A good day in Albstadt finishing 12th and with lap times that give me confidence the podium is within reach … now if I could only figure out how to have a good start,” Pendrel said on Facebook.
The Fredericton native will race this weekend at the second stop on the circuit in Nova Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic, with the short-track race on Friday to help determine starting position for the main event on Sunday.
Pendrel, a 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.
The three-time World Cup champion (2010, 2012, 2016) finished the 2018 circuit in 21st place.
There are seven stops on this year’s World Cup schedule.
Racking up points along the way will be key to improving her world ranking, used to determine starting position for some events, including the world championship, which will run from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que.
Pendrel dropped one spot, to 38th from 37th, in the most recent world rankings, while she sits 15th in World Cup rankings, with 112 points after one race.
Courtney, 23, is atop World Cup standings with 375 points and became the first American in 20 years to win gold in a cross-country event.