Mon, September 23, 2013

Canadian Olympic mountain bikers named

By QMI Agency


The Canadian Olympic mountain biking team is introduced at Mont St-Anne, Catharine Pendrel (left to right), Emily Batty, Geoff Kabush and Max Plaxton are introduced as Canada's Olympic mountain biking team at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Beaupré, Que., June 20, 2012. (DANIEL MALLARD/QMI Agency)

Reigning world champion Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., was one of four mountain bikers named to the Canadian Olympic team Wednesday.

Pendrel, Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ont., Geoff Kabush of Courtenay, B.C. and Max Plaxton of Victoria will compete in London for Canada, which qualified the maximum two riders in each of the two events.

"I am thrilled to be representing Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London, and will do my best to give Canada a performance to cheer for and be proud of," said Pendrel, who is in second place on the UCI World Cup tour.

Pendrel was fourth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and won the test event in London while Batty was eight in the World Cup standings last season, her first on the tour. This year, the Canadian women are first in the UCI Nations standings.

Kabush will be making his third trip to the Olympics while Plaxton will be making his debut.