and she should know…
Pendrel blogging, very honestly, on how the Olympic MTB race just didn’t come together for her
On Luna we have always been proud of what we do as a team, but we have also faced each other as our stiffest competition domestically and internationally for years. The idea of giving up a win or being handed a win does not sit well with any of us. We are good because we are all strong, competitive women that want to earn our results and aren’t afraid to fight for them. The only possible exception is winning your first world cup at home and being caught by two teammates in the last seconds of racing … but I guess this scenario never came up in conversation.
On retrospect I would have loved to jump off my bike and have Katerina follow my lead and challenge the three to an even fielded running race. This would have showed the unity and competitiveness of our team and given Georgia a fair chance at maintaining the lead she had won, given Katerina a chance to score her first World Cup win, all with out us having to sit up and neutralize the race, all getting to feel we had the chance to give everything. But you only think of this afterwards while you punish yourself for being a competitor above a teammate."
Really touching blog from Catharine Pendrel, who won the Cross Country World Cup at Windham yesterday, after her team-mate Georgia Gould, who’d lead solo for most of the race, flatted in the final lap. I’d been wondering what Pendrel had thought about it - now I know