Canada have dominated Mountain Biking since its introduction – picture courtesy of Glasgow 2014
29 July, 2014 (ISN) Catharine Pendrel won Canada’s tenth gold of the Games today with a dominant display at Cathkin Braes Mountain Biking Trails today. Pendrel continued Canada’s undefeated run in the event, ensuring that the gold has been taken by Canada every year in its three-Games history.
Emily Batty took silver ahead of Australia’s Rebecca Henderson in what was the most thrilling fight for position of the race.
Pendrels climbing skills were her key to victory, allowing her to pull away from the rest of the field on the first major hill. By the end of the race the gap between Pendrel and Batty was so big that Pendrel had time to take a flag from her coach at the side of the track, unfold it and hold it above her head as she crossed the line.
After the race Pendrel said that “anyone who watches me race knows I like to go hard from the start”, a warning to future competitors no doubt. Catharine’s victory is all the more impressive given that she broke her collarbone in April, the fact that she was back in training within two months shows the kind of competitor she is!