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June 16/12 12:14 pm - MTB Nationals - Elite and U23 Women XC Updates

Posted by Editoress on 06/16/12

The Elite and U23 women are just about to start. The elite women will do a start loop and 5 full laps of the 5 km course.  The U23 women 4 laps and a start loop.


The weather is perfect for racing.  Mid 20's and the course is dry - a bit too dry as the organizers were out this morning applying water to some of the downhill sections that had gotten very dusty.


Canada is very privileged to have the some of top ranked women in the world on the start line for our national Championships.  #1 UCI ranked and World Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), World Cup contender Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek), Multi national Champ and Olympic silver medalist, Marie-Hélène Prémont (Rocky Mountain /ProCycle) are just  the cream of the crop.


Also starting are Canada Cup winner Sandra Walter (XPREZO-BORSAO), and her teamate Jean Ann Berkenpas (XPREZO-BORSAO)


In the U23 women Andréanne Pichette (Opus/OGC) has had some good results on the World Cup circuit



Elite Women

Lap 1

Marie-Hélène Prémont (Rocky Mountain /ProCycle) has bolted tothe front of the small field (12) of elite women and has a small gap on Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)


12:27 pm

1/2 way through lap 1 and Prémont is still leading.  Pendrel at 10 sec, Batty 15 sec and Amanda Sin (Scott -3Rox Racing) at 30 sec.  Sandra Walter (XPREZO-BORSAO) 4th


Lap 2 12:44 pm

1/2 way through lap and Catharine Pendrel has moved to the lead.  Premont is at 5 sec, Batty 20 sec, Sin 1 min, Walter 1:20, Mikaela Kofman (Scott -3Rox Racing Racing) 6th


Lap 3 

Starting the 3rd lap, Pendrel leading with Premont at 35 sec.  Batty still 3rd, now at 55 sec


Late in lap 3

1:10 pm

Pendrel leading Premont by 52 sec.  Emily Batty 3rd at 1:43


Lap 4

Late in the lap. No change to order of front 3: Pendrel, Premont and Batty.  gaps growing


Finish  Unofficial

1 Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)

2 Marie-Hélène Prémont (Rocky Mountain /ProCycle)

3 Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek)



U23 Women

Lap 1

Andréane Lanthier-Nadeau (Équipe du Québec/Rocky Mountain Factory Team) and Laura Bietola (Scott -3Rox Racing) are leading


1/2 way through lap 1

12:33 pm

Andréanne Pichette (Opus/OGC) leading Laura Bietola (Scott -3Rox Racing) , Andréane Lanthier-Nadeau (Équipe du Québec/Rocky Mountain Factory Team) sitting 3rd and Cayley Brooks (Trek Canada) 4th at 30 sec back of the leader


Lap 2


Starting the 2nd lap and Laura Bietola is now leading

12:53 pm

Midway through the 2nd lap and Laura Bietola (Scott -3Rox Racing) leading Andréane Lanthier-Nadeau (Équipe du Québec/Rocky Mountain Factory Team) by 25 sec. Valérie Meunier (Équipe du Québec/Cyclone d'Alma) and Andréanne Pichette (Opus/OGC) are together chasing hard at 40 sec.  Pichette may have had a mechanical.

10th Sarah Moore (Équipe du Québec/C3/Vélo Pays-den-Haut)


lap 2 end  - 1pm

Bietola leading , Pichette now 2nd at 17 sec back - Pichette had mechanical (broken chain) but is now charging back, trying to regain the lead.

Sarah Moore now 8th and making ground on 7th


Lap 3

Late in the 3rd lap.  Pichette now leading. Bietola at 35 sec,  Lanthier-Nadeau 3rd at 1 min



1 Andréanne Pichette (Opus/OGC)

2 Andréane Lanthier-Nadeau (Équipe du Québec/Rocky Mountain Factory Team)

3 Laura Bietola (Scott -3Rox Racing)



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