EMILY BATTY AND CATHARINE PENDREL START SEASON WITH
Batty second and Pendrel third as Canada’s women
send a clear message
(Pietermaritzburg, RSA – March 17, 2012) The 2012
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Tour kicked off today, and
Canada’s women sent a strong and clear message:
they are ready.
Ontario’s Emily Batty of Team Subaru-Trek opened
the season with her career first World Cup podium in
the elite category, finishing in second place. Ranked
8th in the individual UCI World Cup standings in 2011
in her first season as elite, Batty has shown today
she is a serious contender, finishing only four seconds
behind race winner Maja Wloszczowska of Poland.
2012 World Champion and three-time Canadian Champion
Catharine Pendrel, from Kamloops, BC and racing for
Team Luna Pro, took the third place of the race.
“Today’s race was very competitive. It was
a battle to the end. It definitely showed that we are
on the right track. Both Emily and Catharine work well
together, in training and in racing. Emily was impressive.
She showed a lot of determination today. Catharine’s
ride was solid and a good early-season performance.
We expect to see the form improve a lot as we enter
the next World Cup in Houffalize,” said National
Team Head Coach Dan Proulx.
Marie-Hélène Prémontof Chateau
Richer, Que., representing Team Rocky Mountain-Maxxis,
finished in 21st place, while Amanda Sin of Collingwood,
Ontario, racing with Team SCOTT-3Rox Racing, placed
Canada is ranked at top of the UCI Olympic rankings
in women’s cross country. In 2011, three of Canada’s
women finished in the Top 8 of the individual World
In the men’s cross-country race, Derek Zansdtra
of Trenton, Ontario posted Canada’s top results
in 29th place. Olympian and seven-time Canadian Champion
Goeff Kabush from Courtenay, BC and racing for SCOTT-3Rox
Racing took the 37th place, while Canadian Champion
Max Plaxton of Victoria, BC wearing the Team Canada
colours placed 43rd.
The UCI World Cup in South Africa continues tomorrow
with Canadian Steve Smith of Cassidy, BC, with Team
DeVinci Global Racing Team racing in the downhill race.
RESULTS – UCI WORLD CUP – MOUNTAIN BIKE
– WOMEN ELITE
1. WLOSZCZOWSKA Maja (CCC POLKOWICE) 1:34:01
2. BATTY Emily (SUBARU – TREK) +0:04
3. PENDREL Catharine (LUNA PRO TEAM) +0:23
21. PREMONT Marie-Helene +6:12
46. SIN Amanda (SCOTT-3ROXRACING) +11:56
RESULTS – UCI WORLD CUP – MOUNTAIN
BIKE – MEN ELITE
1. SCHURTER Nino (SCOTT - SWISSPOWER MTB RACING TEAM)
2. STANDER Burry (SPECIALIZED RACING) +0:11
3. FUMIC Manuel (CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING) +0:59
29. ZANDSTRA Derek (SCOTT-3ROXRACING) +6:40
37. KABUSH Geoff (SCOTT-3ROXRACING) +8:06
43. PLAXTON Max (TEAM CANADA) +8:46
92. JETTE Cameron (SCOTT-3ROXRACING) -1LAP
105. MORKA Adam -3LAP
Full results from the World Cup races in South Africa
can be found here: