Catharine Pendrel overcame steep climbs in Albstadt, Germany, to finish third at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday.
After opening her World Cup season with a fourth place finish last month in Australia, Pendrel rode to a time of one hour, 34 minutes and 39 seconds, to finish third overall and earn a spot on the podium. Denmark’s Annika Langvad won the competition in 1:33:03, while Sweden’s Jenny Rissveds, who was outside the top five heading into the final lap, staged a massive comeback to steal second (1:33:28).
Catharine Pendrel’s poster from “Ice in our Veins” shoot:
Pendrel matched her third place performance from the Albstadt stop last year, but shaved almost two minutes off her time of 1:36:07. The 2014 world champion was pleased to get back on the podium and took to Twitter saying she was “looking forward to next week in La Bresse” when the world cup tour hits France next week for the third stop in the cross country circuit.
Pendrel – a two-time world champion – is currently third in the overall world cup standings.
Canada’s Emily Batty also competed in the women’s elite cross country race, finishing 12th.