After announcing an apparel sponsorship deal with the Clif Pro Team of Canadians Catharine Pendrel and Canadian cyclocross champion Maghalie Rochette, Garneau invited Rochette and two-time American Olympian Lea Davidson to its headquarters to try their hand at the behind-the-scenes work that makes the company tick.
The team is one of the top women’s mountain bike programs in the world having started in 2002 and consistently places multiple riders in the top-10 of World Cups and the world championships in both mountain biking and cyclocross.
Catharine Pendrel who calls Kamloops, B.C. home has found success throughout her career on the team. She recently earned an Olympic bronze medal in Rio and is a two-time world champion having won the title with the team in 2011 and 2014. Pendrel also took the World Cup series win in 2010, 2012 and in 2016.
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Davidson is another veteran of the team having raced at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for the U.S. finishing seventh and 11th respectively. She won a silver medal at the 2016 world championships behind world champion Annika Langvad and ahead of Canadian Emily Batty.
See the long version of the two athletes day interning with Garneau below.