Cycling Champion Catharine Pendrel takes on National Coach role with Cycling Canada

In the next chapter of her mountain biking career, two-time world champion Catharine Pendrel has accepted a national coaching position with Cycling Canada.

The Harvey-native Olympic medalist began easing her post in November after her retirement from competition.

In an interview with CBC News, Pendrel said discussions with Cycling Canada began after the 2021 UCI mountain bike world championships ended in September.

“I was able to attend the Cycling Canada Congress in November and really get a feel for the organization and its direction, and how I could be a part of it,” said Pendrel from his home in Kamloops, Colombia. -British. “And it was exciting to officially get the call that I would have a position with them in the future.”

Pendrell was the cross-country mountain bike world champion in 2011 and 2014 and won bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

It was also a busy time for the athlete, who continued to compete while becoming a mother before her retirement.

“For an athlete to retire and not have something that they’re excited to move into, I think it can be a really tough situation,” she said.

“By taking time out for the race… both the pandemic and the pregnancy, it allowed my mind to shift to the idea of ​​doing something else.”

“Obviously having a child in your life is a lot busier, and there are a lot more adjustments to be made in your day. But it also feels pretty natural, and the timing is right for everything.”

Pendrel, who has some experience as a coach, said it would be exciting to fully engage in this new role.

“Sometimes I get bored when all I had to worry about was taking care of my own fitness and sticking to my plan, and now I try to maintain a certain level of fitness so that I can ride with my athletes. “

In Harvey, parents Bruce Pendrel and Johanna Bertin expressed their pride in their daughter.

“Catharine has always been very generous to communities when she was here,” said Bertin, who cited Pendrel’s willingness to mentor young cyclists.

Pendrel will continue this mentorship through the Commonwealth Women’s Coaches Internship Program and will be at the Birmingham Games this summer alongside Team Canada athletes.

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