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Pendrel leads Luna train to one-two finish at Fontana US Pro XCT

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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) gets her first win of the year

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) gets her first win of the year
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The Canadian National Under 23 Women's Team

The Canadian National Under 23 Women's Team
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) looked good on the steep climbs

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) looked good on the steep climbs
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Lea Davison (Specialized) settled into third position and rode her own race

Lea Davison (Specialized) settled into third position and rode her own race
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Lea Davison (Specialized) descends singletrack with Emily Batty close behind

Lea Davison (Specialized) descends singletrack with Emily Batty close behind
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The climbs were brutal

The climbs were brutal
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Laura Bietola (Canadian National Under 23 Team)

Laura Bietola (Canadian National Under 23 Team)
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) climbs the mountain alone on the last lap

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) climbs the mountain alone on the last lap
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) passes Ty Kady, who piloted the lead moto

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) passes Ty Kady, who piloted the lead moto
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) passes some urban art on the rocks

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) passes some urban art on the rocks
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Judy Freeman (Kenda-Felt) has a brilliant ride

Judy Freeman (Kenda-Felt) has a brilliant ride
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Krista Park (Incycle) gets behind her saddle on the steep descents

Krista Park (Incycle) gets behind her saddle on the steep descents
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A Specialized rider on the plateau above Fontana

A Specialized rider on the plateau above Fontana
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) celebrates her victory with the crowd

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) celebrates her victory with the crowd
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) and Georgia Gould with separation from the field

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) and Georgia Gould with separation from the field
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The elite women start the first of the climbs

The elite women start the first of the climbs
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rides through a field of spring flowers

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rides through a field of spring flowers
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Luna teammates Catherine Pendrel (Canadian National Champion) and Georgia Gould (US National Champion) were expected to battle today

Luna teammates Catherine Pendrel (Canadian National Champion) and Georgia Gould (US National Champion) were expected to battle today
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Krista Park (In Cycle) gets the hole shot

Krista Park (In Cycle) gets the hole shot
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leads the women out on lap one

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leads the women out on lap one
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Heather Irmiger (Trek Subaru) got off to a great start

Heather Irmiger (Trek Subaru) got off to a great start
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) follows Pendrel up the massive climb

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) follows Pendrel up the massive climb
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Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) hangs with the leaders on lap two

Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) hangs with the leaders on lap two
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) rides in sixth postion

Chloe Forsman (BMC) rides in sixth postion
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Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leads the race over a rock face

Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leads the race over a rock face
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Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) begins the descent from the summit

Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) begins the descent from the summit
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Heather Irmiger (Trek Subaru) descends through the rocks

Heather Irmiger (Trek Subaru) descends through the rocks
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X-Terra athlete Danelle Kabush (Luna Pro Team) brought her children to watch her race

X-Terra athlete Danelle Kabush (Luna Pro Team) brought her children to watch her race
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Emily Batty (Trek-Subaru) on the starting line

Emily Batty (Trek-Subaru) on the starting line
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Elite women's start

Elite women's start
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Lea Davison (Specialized) rides to an impressive third place

Lea Davison (Specialized) rides to an impressive third place
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) showed why she is the reigning the World Cup series champion last season. While she rode with teammate Georgia Gould for a lap, not event the mighty Gould could stay with Pendrel on the long climb up the mountain. Gould finished a strong second followed by Lea Davison (Specialized), who continued her amazing comeback from hip surgery.

Newly signed Trek-Subaru rider Emily Batty took fourth place with a nearly flawless ride. Former Canadian champion and World Cup winner Marie-Helene Premont came down to test her legs and finished fifth.

"The course was in awesome condition. They had some rain," said Pendrel. "The first race it's nice to know you have legs. It's OK to feel good in training but it's nice to test it out."

While Pendrel's emphasis will be on World Cup racing again this year, she will mix it up with some Pro XCT races and the Whiskey 50, which will be her first 50-miler. She'll race next at the Sea Otter Classic on April 16.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team1:43:21
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:15
3Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:02:42
4Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek0:04:15
5Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:05:59
6Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek0:06:53
7Chloe Forsman (USA) BMC Development0:08:07
8Amanda Sin (Can)0:09:03
9Judy Freeman (USA) Kenda / Felt0:10:22
10Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda / Felt0:10:45
11Krista Park (USA)0:11:14
12Zephanie Blasi (USA)0:13:32
13Katherine Sherwin (USA)0:13:52
14Sarah Kaufmann (USA)0:14:53
15Carolyn Popovic (USA)0:15:33
16Lydia Tanner (USA)0:18:07
17Laura Bietola (Can)0:18:18
18Nina Baum (USA)0:19:44
19Erica Zaveta (USA)0:20:08
20Erica Tingey (USA)0:20:51
21Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol)0:22:06
22Sarah Maile (USA)0:22:09
23Danelle Kabush (Can)0:22:34
24Kristina Laforge (Can)0:23:51
25Deyanira Guerrero (Mex)0:24:56
26Shannon Gibson (USA)0:26:05
27Rebecca Beaumont (Can)0:29:22
28Linnea Koons (USA)0:30:03
DNFAnna Fortner (USA)
DNFKelsy Bingham (USA)

 

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