Olympic Medalist Catharine Pendrel Launches Canadian Development Team with Coach Husband

Apr 4, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  
Pendrel Racing. Photo by Kevin Light

PRESS RELEASE: Pendrel Racing

Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Catharine Pendrel and her husband and coach, Keith Wilson, both of Kamloops, B.C., are pleased to announce the launch of their new development cross-country mountain bike team, Pendrel Racing.

The initiative is a passion project for the duo. "Our goal with Pendrel Racing, is to provide mentorship and quality equipment to promising developing athletes at the time in their career when that support can have the greatest impact,” said Pendrel, who competes professionally for the Clif Pro Team. “It is something we have wanted to do for a while, and last October, pretty late in the sponsorship game, we decided to just dive in and create the team.”

For Pendrel and Wilson the project is an opportunity to share their experience and expertise and give back to the sport that has shaped their lives over 11 years of World Cup racing and coaching. Starting with three talented riders they hope to build the program over time offering the right support at the right time to accelerate our athletes’ pathways to the podium.

bigquotesWhen I was getting started it was the local bike shops that stepped up to give me a bike for the season, a team to race for, and training and racing advice that really made a difference and helped me bridge the gap from privateer to pro. I think it’s so important now for me to be creating these opportunities for the next generation.

The roster is made up of three rising cross-country talents. Holden Jones of Squamish B.C., won Bronze at the 2017 World Championships in his first-year as a junior. Emily Unterberger, of Revelstoke, B.C., is a downhill ski racer turned Canada Cup podium rider in her first year of racing bikes, and Elyse Nieuwold of Newmarket, ON, is the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Marathon XC Champion and recent Masters of Physiotherapy graduate.

Pendrel Racing. Photo by Kevin Light
Elyse Nieuwold of Newmarket, ON
Pendrel Racing. Photo by Kevin Light
Holden Jones of Squamish, B.C.

Pendrel Racing. Photo by Kevin Light
Emily Unterberger, of Revelstoke, B.C.

bigquotesWe were very lucky to be able to draw on local businesses, like Revelstoke’s Mt Begbie Brewing and my Clif Team sponsors, with a special shout out to RaceFace to build a solid team on short notice.Two-time World Champion Pendrel

The team will ride the 29’er Orbea Oiz with RaceFace components and wheels and Fox Suspension. They will be rolling on Maxxis tires, SDG saddles and grips and supported by Live to Play Sports and Garneau.

The team had their first appearance at the Bear Mountain Canada Cup on March 31st in Victoria, B.C where Jones Claimed the Junior men’s win and Elyse and Emily finished 11th and 13th in the Elite women’s race.

Throughout the 2018 season, look for Jones, Unterberger and Nieuwold racing at Canada Cups, select US and World Cups, and the Canadian Championships.

In addition to the team’s equipment providers, Pendrel Racing would like to thank the community supporters that wanted to invest in these riders: Mt. Begbie Brewing, VW of Kamloops, the BC Enduro Series, Balanced Footcare, Spoke Bikes and Skis and Clif Bar.

Please visit our site Pendrelracing.com and give Pendrel Racing a follow on Facebook and Instagram!

Pendrel Racing. Photo by Kevin Light

Photos by Kevin Light

MENTIONS: @CLIF @orbea @LTP-Sports @Maxxis @raceface


  • 15 0
 Props. I will support this effort by only drinking Mt. Begbie* for the year. (*where available. Otherwise I will be forced to drink other beer.)
  • 3 0
 I'm signing up for this. My backup will be mt rainier
  • 2 1
 Many standout brews from Mt Begbie Brewing. Won Canadian Brewery of the year in 2017. Several awards for various beers as well. Kolsch, Cream Ale, Scotch Ale. Nasty Habit IPA and Tail Whip are great too. I'll join you on this crusade!
  • 1 0
 @cleangetaway: Sounds like somebody works at the brewery
  • 4 0
 This is fabulous! So great to see Catherine Pendrel taking on this role to continue to share her passion and insight with others as a mentor, while still kicking ass racing herself! My daughter, Emmy, and I were stoked to watch her dominate the race and chatting with her at the bike wash the day before was a highlight for my daughter. Emmy, as a young female racer was delighted to chat with the pro, who was, as always friendly, encouraging and humble. And I love that Catherine chose both male and female racers, ranging in age to make up her team. She is a great Canadian role model, especially for young shredders like my daughter. Way to go Catherine!
  • 2 0
 Catharine and Keith this is awesome and inspirational. I have 7 year old twin daughters who love to ride, they are doing fine following dad around for now but I know there will come a day when we are looking to seek advice and more than likely coaching so it is great to hear that there are such qualified individuals such as yourselves in the market to help out with all of your experience.
This is a great move toward furthering your careers! Congratulations! Smile
  • 3 0
 Comments are all Canadian so far - and all positive! Go Canada! "Kooooo-Loo-Koo-Koo-Koo-Koo-Koo-Koooooooo......"
(Bob and Doug)
  • 3 0
 The names for the two females are switched .. Emily is the top one!!! Go Emily Go!
  • 3 0
 Great to see. And good pick of riders too!!
  • 3 0
 I wonder if there's any room for an up and coming masters rider.
  • 1 0
 I was wondering the same thing... Any room for a broken and skill-declining 40 yo? Seriously though, Keith is a great ambassador and coach, sharing his knowledge freely and openly on forums and even during races(!) Good luck in your venture to you both.
  • 1 0
 Great to see options like this for young athletes. I'm sure the team will grow and inspire other Pros to do the same.
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