CATHARINE PEN­DREL

CROSS COUN­TRY RACER, OLYMPIAN

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - MAINTENANC­E -

My part­ner Keith and I de­cided to form Pen­drel Rac­ing be­cause we have ex­pe­ri­enced the com­plete jour­ney of de­vel­op­ing from in­ex­pe­ri­enced pri­va­teer to world cham­pion. As coaches and ath­letes, we felt we had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence to of­fer and re­ally just wanted to help other ath­letes pur­sue their am­bi­tions. I think to have gone through my en­tire ca­reer and all the learn­ing that hap­pens along the way and to not give back and share some of that learn­ing is to miss a big part of what my role is as a pro­fes­sional and na­tional team ath­lete. Canada has al­ways been a strong na­tion in moun­tain bik­ing be­cause we have ath­letes who have shown each other what is pos­si­ble. I think we need to keep do­ing that on and off of the race course to con­tinue to be one of the best moun­tain bik­ing na­tions in the world. My other youth ini­tia­tives in­clude pres­i­dent, Kam­loops Bike Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion since 2016; co-founder of the KBRA Kids League, which of­fers free skills camps and races to kids age 7 to 12; Lit­tle Bel­las am­bas­sador; Fast and Fe­male am­bas­sador.

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