Biography

Melanie McQuaid is the first person to have won the XTERRA Triathlon World Championships three times and was the inaugural winner of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Spain April of 2011. Recently, she has switched her focus to Ironman racing in order to challenge herself in a new discipline of non-drafting triathlon.   Since turning her focus to the road she has earned three Ironman 70.3 victories and 10+ podiums in long distance triathlon.

   In 2014, Melanie won her first Ironman race from wire to wire, leading out the swim, setting the fastest bike split and giving up little time on the run.

Along with four offroad World Championships titles, Melanie has four second place performances at the World Championships, five overall USA XTERRA series titles, an undefeated record of seven XTERRA Canada wins and five USA National Championship victories. Tenacity and versatility has been Melanie's trademark on the XTERRA and half Ironman tour as she has climbed the podium for XTERRA events, national mountain bike events and road events all in the same season over the past ten years.  Recently the half Ironman distance has inspired her and she is looking to find the top steps of the podium at the World Championship in Mt Tremblant Quebec September 7th before turning her focus to full Ironman racing.

Her ITU World Championship win in Spain reflects the determination she brings to every race she enters:

McQuaid overcame adversity when her bike was lost while traveling to Spain.  She was forced to race on a borrowed bike for today’s championships but didn’t let that stop her from powering to her first ever ITU World Championship, adding to her three Xterra world titles. Even a 15-second penalty wasn’t enough to stall McQuaid in her unstoppable march to victory.  The Canadian never looked back enroute to her first career ITU World Championship, stopping the clock at 1 hour, 43 minutes, 2 seconds. (Triathlon.org,April 2011)

Melanie is also an experienced public speaker. Whether it is race clinics outlining great race strategies or in the boardroom discussing goal setting, Melanie has inspired many to pursue their own top performances. Melanie discusses stories from the race scene which illustrate the principles of tenacity, innovation, creativity, happiness and achievement.

Melanie completed a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Victoria before embarking on a 16 year professional career in athletics. Melanie raced professionally as a road and off-road cyclist, hosted her own television segment for two years, co-hosted a sports radio talk show, made guest appearances on numerous national television shows, managed a professional cycling team and appeared on major television networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, OLN, TSN, CBC, CHUM and CH television.

Melanie is a personal coach for athletes and executives while still at the top of her game in triathlon. Melanie also represents key long term sponsors that mirror her commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle including organic, whole grain foods, physical activity, environmental awareness and top performance.

Melanie is an individual who has achieved the highest sporting success. In 2009 Melanie was named Triathlete Magazine's Offroad Triathlete of the Year, Triathlon Canada's Female Offroad Triathlete of the Year and won Offroad Triathlete of the Year at the Competitor Magazine Endurance Sport Awards for her 2008 season as she did for the 2006 season. For the 2005 season Melanie was ranked #3 across all triathlon disciplines in the World Ranking by Inside Tri magazine and was Triathlete Magazine and Triathlon Canada's Offroad Triathlete of the Year.

As a popular athlete and personal coach, Melanie has inspired both the present, the future and the past generation to explore their potential and to finding great success and meaning in life. Her motto is “Keep It Fun” and she applies that to all she does.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3x IM 70.3 Champion (2010/2012/2014)
  • 2011ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion (1km/20km/6km)
  • 2003/2005/2006 XTERRA World Champion (1.5km/30km/10km)

CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES

  • 2014 Boise 70.3 Champion
  • 2013 XTERRA Canada Champion
  • 2012 Oceanside 70.3 Champion
  • 2012 XTERRA East Champion
  • 2011/2010/2009/2008/2006 XTERRA USA Championships Winner
  • 2010 European XTERRA Championships Winner
  • 2003/2004/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/ Canadian XTERRA/ National Offroad Triathlon Champion
  • 2011/2009/2008/2006 XTERRA USA Championships Pro Series Overall Winner

Podium Appearances:

  • 2014 IM 70.3 Hawaii, 3rd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Shepparton, 2nd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Lake Stevens, 2nd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Raleigh, 3rd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Steelhead, 3rd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Tremblant, 3rd place
  • 2013 XTERRA Southeast, 2nd place
  • 2012 IM 70.3 Calgary, 3rd place
  • 2009 3rd Place - XTERRA World Championships
  • 2007/2004/2000 2nd Place - XTERRA World Championships
  • 2010 XTERRA 21km Trail Run World Championships, 3rd place (21km)2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
  • 2011 XTERRA USA Championships, Ogden, Utah 
  • 2011 XTERRA Canada Championship, Whistler, BC
  • 2011 XTERRA West Championships, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2011 XTERRA Southcentral Championships, Waco, TX
  • 2011 XTERRA Southeast Championships, Pelham, AL
  • 2011 Pisgah Stage Race, Brevard, NC
  • 2010 XTERRA European Championships, Sardinia
  • 2010 XTERRA USA Championships, Ogden, UT 
  • 2010 Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens Winner
  • 2010 BC Bike Race, Solo Female Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA USA National Series Overall Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA USA National Championships Winner
  • 2009 XTERRA West Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA Mid West Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA Southeast Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA East Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA Northwest Cup Champion
  • 2008 XTERRA USA National Series Overall Champion
  • 2008 XTERRA USA National Championships, Inline Village, NV
  • 2008 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula, CA
  • 2008 Canadian National Offroad Triathlon Championships, Vancouver, BC
  • 2008 XTERRA East Championships, Richmond, VA
  • 2008 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula, CA
  • 2007 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula, CA
  • 2007 Canadian National Offroad Triathlon Championships, Vancouver, BC2006 XTERRA World Championships, Maui, HI
  • 2006 XTERRA USA National Championships, Lake Tahoe, NV
  • 2006 XTERRA USA National Championships Series
  • 2006 XTERRA Mountain Championships, Ogden, UT
  • 2006 XTERRA Southwest Championships, Pelham, AL
  • 2006 Canadian National Offroad Triathlon Championships Vancouver, BC
  • 2005 XTERRA World Championships, Maui, HI
  • 2005 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula CA
  • 2005 XTERRA Mountain Championships, Keystone, CO
  • 2005 XTERRA Italy, Sardinia
  • 2004 XTERRA East Championships, Richmond, VA
  • 2004 XTERRA Canada, Vancouver, BC
  • 2003 XTERRA World Championships, Maui, HI
  • 2003 XTERRA Canada, Vancouver, BC
  • 2002 XTERRA West Championships, Half Moon Bay, CA

THE STATS

Hometown: Victoria, BC
Birth date: May 17th
Size: 172 cm tall, anywhere from 60-64kg weight  (depends on kgs of chocolate)
Favorite food: Powerbar Recovery Bars, Watermelon, Almond Butter, and kale from my garden
Second favorite: Lattes(not really a food my favorite) 
Favorite bike: TREK Speed Concept
Second favorite: Trek Superfly 100 - full XTR kit
Prerace ritual: Lots of distraction with friends and some red wine the night before
Prerace superstition: My bike needs to be clean.
Prerace food: Sweet potatoes, salmon and almond butter in the morning.
Favorite venues: Hawaii, Sardinia and Whistler
Off the bike: VERY high heels, cooking, trying to surf, cute casual clothing and sipping red wine with friends