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Pendrel guides brand new Oiz to Elite World Championship Victory
Catherine Pendrel, adds gloss to an already stellar season with the Luna Chix Pro-Cycling team, by adding the Elite XC World Championship to her Canadian national title and Commonwealth Gold medal from earlier this year.
The Canadian rider finished the course in Hafiell, Norway in a time of 1:31:30, a full 21 seconds ahead of second place Russian, Irina Kalentieva, and 43 seconds ahead of Americam, Lea Davison. This is the second World title for Prendel who last finished atop the World Championship podium in Champery, Switzerland in 2011.
The reigning Canadian Champion, Prendel, was racing on the brand new Orbea Oiz, XC bike, which she is no stranger to winning on. As far back as 2012 as the new shape Oiz was being introduced to the market, Pendrel raced the prototype to victory in Mont St. Anne and later in Windham, NY, giving the bike an impressive palmares before even being released to the market.
This latest version of the Oiz has improved monocoque carbon technology; tweaked racing geometry, 27.5 and 29 wheel options, and suspension designed around Orbea’s Advanced Dynamics design system. The Oiz also boasts a complete lack of rear pivots on the chain or seat stays, thanks to Orbea’s exclusive UFO technology, allowing the rear stays to flex in support of the rear shock.
Oiz has been designed to win, and clearly lives up to its tagline: #Borntowin
1 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) 1:31:30 Luna Pro Team
2 Irina Kalentieva (Russian Federation) 0:00:21
3 Lea Davison (United States Of America) 0:00:43
4 Tanja Zakelj (Slovenia) 0:01:12
5 Blaza Klemencic (Slovenia) 0:01:46