Glasgow (AFP) - Canada continued its dominance of Commonwealth Cross-country Mountain Biking on Tuesday as they took gold and silver in the women's event.
Former world champion Catharine Pendrel cruised to victory on the course situated just south of Glasgow in a time of one hour 39 minutes 29 seconds - just over a minute ahead of compatriot Emily Batty.
"Anyone who has watched me race knows I just like to go hard from the start," Pendrel said.
"I really thought the race would stay together a lot longer than it did but when you get some space between you and other riders you just go for it."
Rebecca Henderson of Australia, who had battled hard with Batty over the 31.95km course, was just pipped to bronze.
The event marked the return of mountain biking after it had been dropped in Dehli four years ago.
Former world champion Pendrel started among the favourites and soon opened up a gap on the rest of the chasing pack.
By the time the 33-year-old completed her first lap she already had a formidable 34 second advantage over Henderson and Batty, which was to increase lap by lap.
Canada have dominated the event, which made its debut in Manchester in 2002, with Canadians taking gold in both the previous two outings of the women's event.
Pendrel, who has recovered after breaking her collarbone in April, admitted she had felt under pressure to continue that tradition.
"It feels amazing to win the gold for Canada. I was trying hard to ignore the fact that Canada has never not gotten gold in Mountain Bikes at the Commonwealth Games and I really didn't want that pressure coming into this," she said.
"I knew how quick Emily was going as well so I knew we had a strong chance but I just tried to do my best and I'm glad it was gold."
With Pendrel out on her own at the front the real story was taking place behind her as Henderson and Batty battled for the silver medal.
The pair, team-mates at Trek Factory Racing, traded second and third place throughout the race until the penultimate lap when Batty made a break, with Henderson unable to keep pace.
"I came here for gold but silver is the next best thing. It wasn't bad for my first Commonwealth Games," said Batty.