LeBrun, McQuaid win titles

The men’s champion breaks through, while the women’s titlist proves her dominance

By Fred Guzman

Special to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Monday, October 24, 2005

MAKENA, Maui >> Under heavily overcast skies, it was a bright afternoon in the lives of two competitors in the off-road Nissan Xterra World Championships yesterday.

For one, Nicolas LeBrun of France, it marked the end of frustrating close calls. For the other, Melanie McQuaid of Canada, it was a signal that she has become the most dominant performer in an extreme sport requiring athletes to compete in a 1,500-meter ocean swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run.

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The First Woman, Ever, To Repeat As Xterra World Champion!!!

I have to say my second Worlds win was much better than the first. Aside from the fact I actually don’t remember finishing in 2003 (heat exhaustion and unconsciousness met me at the finish), this time was special because I had an entourage of family including my dad, Ross, his mom and our great friends Murray and Kirsten, a legion of fellow Canadian competitors and an amazing number of supporters congratulating me after the race. To be the first woman to repeat World Championship wins and to have so many people genuinely psyched for me is a feeling I truly cannot describe. It was unbelievable the amount of noise we Canadians made at the awards dinner for athletes on the podium, not just for me, Brent, Peter and Mike, but for all the Canadians who took top spots in their age groups. It was special to win during Xterra’s tenth birthday which meant an extra special party with fireworks and the biggest attendance on record. I had a fantastic race, rode an incredible bike split, and finished not even realizing there was someone coming for me. The race was definitely exciting… Read more

Xterra World Champion Live Updates: MEL WINS!

The first woman to ever win twice

Melanie McQuaid

Melanie McQuaid
Sybil matter
Jamie whitmore

Xterra World Champion Live Updates: Bike to Run Women

Melanie McQuaid has a four minute lead over sybil matter out onto the run and Jamie whitmore has just come into transition she is 6 minutes back

Xterra World Champion Live Updates: Bike to Run Men

Coming out of the bike to run transition it is Nico lebrun in first Mike Vine is about one minute back

Xterra World Champion Live Updates: Bike Women

Just what we hoped for,

Melanie McQuaid
Sybil matter
Candy angle

No mention of Jamie whitmore at this time

More to come

Xterra World Champion Live Updates: Bike Women

About 40 minutes into the race there is no change

Sybil matter
Melanie McQuaid
Candy angle
Jamie whitmore
Kate major