In 2006, Melanie McQuaid became the first person to win three professional XTERRA World Champion titles and is the inaugural winner of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Spain April of 2011. Racing as one of the best off road triathletes in the world for ten years she transitioned 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 five Ironman 70.3 victories and 15+ podiums in long distance triathlon. In 2014, Melanie won three Ironman 70.3 races 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 and a third place performance at the XTERRA World Championships, a second place at the ITU Cross triathlon World Championship, 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.
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, hosting a television show, 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 an athlete and 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.
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|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|