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Kabush, Pendrel take Canadian cross-country championship titles

Geoff Kabush and Catherine Pendrel will wear the red maple leaf jersey for the next 12 months after winning the Canadian national cross-country championships Saturday at St-Felicien, Quebec. The winding course, which hosted a round of the UCI World Cup in 2007, was soaked by an afternoon of rain.

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By Fred Dreier

Geoff Kabush and Catherine Pendrel will wear the red maple leaf jersey for the next 12 months after winning the Canadian national cross-country championships Saturday at St-Felicien, Quebec.

The winding course, which hosted a round of the UCI World Cup in 2007, was soaked by an afternoon of rain.

Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) took his sixth straight title in a close battle with Max Plaxton (Sho Air-Specialized) and Derek Zandstra (3 Rox Racing). Kabush trailed Plaxton for much of the final lap, but was able to come around the Sho Air rider on a paved climb close to the finish line. Kabush held on for a nine-second win.

Pendrel took her first national title in dominating fashion, dropping Quebec heroine Marie-Hèléne Prémont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) early. The result marked a power shift in the Canadian women’s ranks, as Prémont had owned the rainbow stripes for the previous four years. In 2008 Prémont squeaked by Pendrel by just six seconds.

Emily Batty (Trek Bicycle Store) took home the U23 women’s crown, with Raphael Gagne (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) winning the men’s U23 crown.

2009 Canadian National Cross-country Championships
St-Felicien, Canada
Men

1. Geoff Kabush, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, 1:42:50
2. Max Plaxton, Sho Air-Specialized, at 0:09
3. Derek Zandstra, 3 Rox Racing, at 0:42
4. Seamus McGrath, Jamis, at 1:27
5. Andrew Watson, Norco, at 1:41

Women
1. Catherine Pendrel, Luna, 1:36:47
2. Marie-Hèléne Prémont, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, at 2:51
3. Amanda Sin, 3 Rox Racing, at 5:30
4. Mical Dyck, Trek Toronto, at 7:59
5. Karine Travaillaud, Specialized, at 9:58