Mont Ste. Anne has been on the World Cup circuit for over 15 years, and has a reputation as one of the best run, not mention the most fun, events of the summer. To keep things interesting, the riders were faced with a totally redesigned course with extremely technical descents and demanding climbs. And to add to the challenge, it started to rain 10 minutes before the women’s race.
Catharine Pendrel had a slow start and was 10th after the first lap. By the second lap she used her climbing prowess to move into the lead and never looked back. Katerina Nash, in her first World Cup of the season, came from a mid-pack call up, to ride in 2nd for most of the race. It wasn’t until the last lap when Irina Kalentieva, the defending World Champion, passed her and took the silver. Katerina, one of the best technical riders in the world, excelled on the demanding course and was able to make time on the descents. Catharine took the win in front of family and friends for her second World Cup victory in two years.
Georgia Gould placed 7th, adding to the dominating performance of the LUNA Pro Team. Three riders in the top ten gave the LUNA Team the victory in the team classification for the event. They are now in second overall. Catharine is 4th and Georgia 14th in the World Cup standings.