Catherine Pendrel Biography

A biography about three-time Olympian Catherine Pendrel, who grew up in Harvey Station.

Three-time Olympian and 2016 Bronze medalist Catharine Pendrel grew up riding horses and later bicycles in New Brunswick, Canada.  After finishing 6tth at the Canada Summer Games mtb event in 2001 for Team NB she moved to British Columbia to complete her BA at the University of Victoria.

While in BC she met Coach Dan Proulx and husband Keith Wilson whom helped guide her to three Olympics, 2 World Championship titles for Canada and 40 World cup podium finishes. She now lives and trains in Kamloops BC and has raced professionally for the Clif Pro Team (formerly Luna) since 2008.

She capped 2016 with an Olympic Medal and World Cup Overall title and continues her pursuit of the top step of the podium with a big goal being the World Championships in Canada in 2019.  Catharine is also the President of the Kamloops Bike Riders Association and has paired with motivated parents to host Kamloops’ first Kids mtn bike race league.  She and her husband also formed Pendrel Racing, a cross-country mtb development team to assist the next generation of riders.

Olympic Highlights

GAMES:                     SPORT:                                               FINISH:

2008 Beijing               Cycling – Mountain Bike                    4

2012 London               Cycling – Mountain Bike                    9

2016 Rio                     Cycling – Mountain Bike                    Bronze

Other Notable International Results:

Swiss Epic: 2018 – Win with Haley Smith

Pan American Games: 2015 – SILVER; 2007 – GOLD

Commonwealth Games: 2014 – GOLD

World Cup Overall Series Champion 2010, 2012, 2016

World Champion 2011, 2014

UCI World Championships: 2016 – 5th; 2015 – 5th; 2014 – GOLD; 2013 – 20th; 2012 – 15th; 2011 – GOLD; 2010 – 4th; 2009 – 6th; 2008 – 6th; 2007 – 6th; 2006 – 32nd; 2005 – 52nd; 2004 – 46th


Win with Haley Smith of the Swiss Epic in 2018

Olympic Bronze medal 2016

2 World Championship titles 2011 & 2014

3 World Cup overalls 2010, 2012, 2016

12 World Cup Wins

40 World Cup podiums 2008-2017

8 National titles 6 XC, 2 cyclocross

Commonwealth Games Gold

Pan Am Games Gold and Silver, 2007 and 2015

Source: Catharine Pendrel’s website at

October, 2018

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