Pendrel takes solo win in Sea Otter cross country race

Canadian Catharine Pendrel emerged from a nine-rider group and pedalled to a solo win and her first Sea Otter Classic title Saturday in the women's pro cross country at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Pendrel (Luna), the reigning and two-time world cross country titlist, completed the 34-mile, two-lap course in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 28 seconds. Rebecca Henderson (Trek) of Australia, was second, behind Pendrel by 12 seconds.

Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo) of Sweden, who surprisingly claimed the short track race Friday, was third, 1:03 behind the winner.

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, who won the Sea Otter cross country and short track races the past two years, did not compete. She's scheduled to race on the road next week in her native country while continuing her recovery from a lingering hamstring injury.

"It was my first win here," said Pendrel. "It was just a good day out there, but it was really, really hard. I think there were nine of us together going into the start of the second lap. "Rebecca (Gould) was first going into that final climb and I was second wheel. Something happened behind us.

"Emily Batty was with us, but Rebecca was setting such a fast past, Emily got tagged off the back and that was that. It was about an hour twenty into the race and then it was Rebecca and myself out there by ourselves."

The women's field of 49 began racing 20 minutes after the men's start. The lead group completed the first lap in 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Despite only two riders at the front for much of the second loop, the women also rode their concluding lap just slightly faster than the opening circuit.

"I was able to get away on the final climb, but until I hit the pavement, I didn't know I was going to have it," Pendrel said. "Because she was pushing me so hard, it was really great."

Like the men's race, the women were competing for a longer time frame than the usual World Cup race duration and in warm conditions. Pendrel was unfazed.

"Actually, today was cooler than the other two races we've done this year. It was actually great conditions. But what makes Sea Otter unique is that it's well over a two-hour race and we are used to racing for an hour-and-a-half. With a two-and-a-half-hour race there's a lot of pacing that has to go on and a lot of calculating moves."

Chloe Woodruff (Stan's No-Tube-Niner) of Prescott, Ariz., was fourth, behind the winner by 1:25. Batty (Trek) of Canada was fifth, 1:58 behind Pendrel. Georgia Gould (Luna) of Ft. Collins Colo., was sixth, 2:50 behind the winner. Gould has won the Sea Otter cross country event four times, dating to 2007.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team2:21:28
2Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:00:12
3Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo0:01:03
4Chloe Woodruff (USA) Team Stan's Notubes-Niner0:01:26
5Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:01:59
6Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:45
7Erin Huck (USA) Scott 3 Rox0:03:05
8Lea Davison (USA) Specialized0:03:32
9Katerina Nash (USA) Luna Pro Team0:05:39
10Evelyn Dong (USA) Team Show Air Cannondale0:05:59
11Megan Carrington (USA) Naked Women's Racing0:06:09
12Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized0:06:32
13Angela Parra Sierra (Col) Coopenae/7C0:06:41
14Larissa Connors (USA) Ridebiker Alliance0:08:10
15Andrea Waldis (Swi) Luna Pro Team0:08:26
16Rose Grant (USA) Stans No Tube Elite WomenRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alexis Skarda (USA) Bicycle Outfitters0:09:55
18Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team0:09:56
19Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team0:11:01
20Amy Beisel (USA) Liv Co-Factory0:11:17
21Serena Bishop Gordon (USA) Liv0:11:32
22Elyse Nieuwold (Can) Holiday Inn Express & Suite0:14:31
23Mical Dyck (Can) Stans No Tubes0:15:57
24Yosiana Fareidy Quinte (Col) Constructora Arpo0:18:22
25Erin Alders (USA) Ride Biker Alliance/'01 Repu0:19:02
26Jennifer Smith (USA) Stans No Tube Elite Women0:19:44
27Chloe Cross (Can) Team Whistler0:20:02
28Hannah Finchamp (USA) Lun A Pro Team0:20:15
29Victoria Barclay (GBr) Stan's Notubes Elite Wome0:20:32
30Nina Baum (USA) Stan's Notubes Women's Eli0:21:44
31Kris Gross (USA) Ninja0:22:00
32Megan Chinburg (USA)0:23:25
33Ellen Noble (USA) Competitve Cyclist0:23:39
34Hannah Williams (USA) Kent Ericksen Cycling0:24:05
35Sarah Kaufmann (USA) Stans No Tube Elite Women0:24:56
36Karlee Gendron (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:25:10
37Molly Throdahl (USA) Avout Racing0:25:49
38Kaylee Blevins (USA) Team Stans No Tube Niner0:28:23
39Carolina Gomez-Villaf (Arg) Vander Kitten0:28:24
40Shayna Powless (USA) Liv Co-Factory0:29:24
41Sarah Hill (USA) American Classic / Xpepo P/0:31:05
42Katlyn Dundas (Can) Wolfpak Racing0:32:15
43Kaydee Raths (USA) Revolution Peak Cyclers0:33:20
44Andreane Lanthier Nad (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory T0:34:17
45Mackenzie Paul (USA) Airforce Academy0:34:37
46Emily Shields (USA) Stans No Tube Elite Women0:35:43

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