New Pendrel Racing MTB Team
Development XCO Squad
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.