New Pen­drel Rac­ing MTB Team

Devel­op­ment XCO Squad

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

In early April of this year, Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medal­ist Catharine Pen­drel and her hus­band and coach, Keith Wil­son, both of Kam­loops, B.C., launched Pen­drel Rac­ing, a new devel­op­ment cross-coun­try mountain-bike team.

“Our goal with Pen­drel Rac­ing is to pro­vide men­tor­ship and qual­ity equip­ment to promis­ing de­vel­op­ing ath­letes at the time in their ca­reer when that sup­port can have the great­est im­pact,” said Pen­drel, who races for the Clif Pro Team and is a two-time MTB Worlds cham­pion.

For Pen­drel and Wil­son, the project is an op­por­tu­nity to share their ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise and give back to the sport that has shaped their lives over 11 years of World Cup rac­ing and coach­ing.

The ros­ter is made up of three ris­ing crosscoun­try tal­ents. Holden Jones of Squamish B.C. won bronze at the 2017 MTB Worlds in his first year as a ju­nior. Emily Un­ter­berger of Revel­stoke, B.C. is a down­hill-ski-racer-turned-CanadaCup-podium-rider in her first year of rac­ing bikes and El­yse Nieu­wold of New­mar­ket, Ont. is the 2016 and 2017 Cana­dian Marathon XC cham­pion and re­cent Masters of Phys­io­ther­apy grad­u­ate.

The team will ride the 29’er Or­bea Oiz with Race Face com­po­nents and wheels and Fox sus­pen­sion. They will be rolling on Maxxis tires, SDG sad­dles and grips and sup­ported by Live to Play Sports and Garneau.

Pen­drel Rac­ing de­buted at the Bear Mountain Canada MTB Cup on March 31 in Vic­to­ria, B.C., where Jones claimed the ju­nior men’s win.

Look for Jones, Un­ter­berger and Nieu­wold to race at Canada Cups, se­lect U.S. and World Cups and the Cana­dian MTB Cham­pi­onships.

In ad­di­tion to the team’s equip­ment, Pen­drel Rac­ing is sup­ported by Mount Beg­bie Brew­ing, Volk­swa­gen of Kam­loops, the BC En­duro Se­ries, Bal­anced Foot­care, Spoke Bikes and Skis, and Clif Bar.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.pen­drel­rac­ing. com. – RJ

Pen­drel Rac­ing de­buts with vic­tory at Bear Mountain Canada Cup in March at Vic­to­ria, B.C.

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