Biography

Here is a little information about me and my racing career.

Please visit my website www.melaniemcquaid.com for more on me and my career.

I started as a World Cup mountain bike racer but established myself as a pro racing as one of the best off road triathletes in the world for ten years.  In 2012, I decided a need a new challenge and switched to Ironman.  So far I have earned six half distance victories and 15+ podiums in long distance triathlon.  I did my first full Ironman in 2015, took 2nd place and immediately was hooked on the full distance.

I have been in the sport a LONG time!  I’m not sure anyone has been at this blogging thing longer than I have.  I have hosted an online blog since 1998! That is crazy.  I am hoping I have learned something since then and can entertain you here.

I am the first person to win three professional XTERRA World Champion titles and took the inaugural ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion title in Spain, April of 2011.  I also have many finishes that weren’t wins I am proud of:  4x second place at XTERRA World Championship and a third place.  For ITU Cross Triathlon I tried to defend my world title in 2012, fought hard and ended up in second place.  I have five overall USA XTERRA series titles, an undefeated record of seven XTERRA Canadian Championship wins and five USA National Championship victories.  In all I have won more than 50 professional races without counting my mountain bike racing career before 2000.

I also have a lot of not winning in my history that is just as important – it has made me resilient.  It is an amazing ride being a professional athlete, both the ups and the downs.

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)

I am an experienced public speaker. I have hosted race clinics outlining great race strategies, a television show about adventure tourism and spoken to corporate audiences about goal setting.  I believe racing teaches the principles of tenacity, innovation, creativity, discipline and focus which translate to skills needed outside of sport.

My Stats

Hometown: Victoria, BC

Height: 172 cm

Weight: 61-64kg

Bike size: Size medium or 17″

Shoe size: Asics size 9.5-10 (I size up in this brand)

Rudy Project Helmet Size: SMALL

Champion System Trisuit: SMALL

I have a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Victoria. I raced professionally as a road and off-road cyclist, hosted a 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, an age group triathlon team and along the way appeared on major television networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, OLN, TSN, CBC, CHUM and CH television.

I represent and endorse long term sponsors that mirror my commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle including healthy nutrition, regular physical activity, environmental awareness and top performance with integrity.  I hope that I can encourage more girls to get into mountain biking and triathlon to further what we thought was possible for women in sport.

I am proud to have won the following awards:

  • 2005 #3 Ranked Female Triathlete Across all Disciplines
  • 2005 Triathlete Magazine Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2005 Triathlon Canada Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2006 Offroad Triathlete of the Year at the Competitor Magazine Endurance Sport Award
  • 2009 Triathlete Magazine’s Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2009 Triathlon Canada’s Female Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2009 Offroad Triathlete of the Year at the Competitor Magazine Endurance Sport Award

I am an athlete and coach, and hope to inspire both the present, the future and the past generation to explore their potential and to find success and meaning in life.

My motto is “Keep It Fun” and I believe that is the path to success

MY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6x IM 70.3/Challenge Half Champion (2010/2012/2014/2015)
  • 2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion (1km/20km/6km)
  • 2003/2005/2006 XTERRA World Champion (1.5km/30km/10km)
  • 2003/2004/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2013/2014 Canadian XTERRA/ National Offroad Triathlon Champion
  • 2011/2010/2009/2008/2006 XTERRA USA Championships Winner
  • 2011/2009/2008/2006 XTERRA USA Championships Pro Series Overall Winner

MY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES

  • 2015 Challenge St Andrews Half Triathlon
  • 2014 IM 70.3 Ballarat (wire to wire: fastest swim/bike)
  • 2014 Lake Stevens IM 70.3 Champion (wire to wire: fastest swim/bike)
  • 2014 Boise IM 70.3 Champion (wire to wire: fastest swim/bike)
  • 2014 IM 5150 Saskatoon Champion
  • 2014 XTERRA Canada Champion
  • 2013 XTERRA Canada Champion
  • 2012 Oceanside 70.3 Champion (fastest bike)
  • 2012 XTERRA East Champion
  • 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 (fastest bike split)
  • 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, BC
  • 2006 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

Some Notable Podium Appearances

  • 2014 IM 70.3 Hawaii, 3rd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Shepparton, 2nd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Lake Stevens, 2nd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Raleigh, 3rd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Steelhead, 3rd place (course record bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Tremblant, 3rd place
  • 2013 XTERRA Southeast, 2nd place
  • 2012 IM 70.3 Calgary, 3rd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2009 3rd Place – XTERRA World Championships
  • 2007/2004/2000 2nd Place – XTERRA World Championships
  • 2011 IM 70.3 Lake Stevens 2nd place
  • 2010 XTERRA 21km Trail Run World Championships, 3rd place (21km)

2 thoughts on “Biography”

  1. You are amazing !!! Holy smokies !!!
    Lovely meeting you tonight and having you in our home. Would love to host you as a Great White North Triathlete in the future.
    All the best to you as you recover from your ankle injury.
    Terry Ziehr ( Jasper’s friend )
    Stony Plain, AB

    1. Hi Terry, it was so great to meet you 🙂 I’m hoping I can add my name to the long list of triathletes lucky enough to homestay with you for GWN 😉

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