Why choose MelRad?  First let me fill you in on why MelRad Multisport came to life.  My career in coaching was born from my frustration with being coached in a program designed for the best athlete in the group.  Not the program designed for me.

For years I was part of the National Team training program but as a newer/younger/less accomplished athlete, the program was designed to support high performance results, not development.  Year after year I would come into the season with my best results in March and April, and by the time Nationals and selection rolled around, I would be burnt out, tired, and slow.

In 2000 I needed a change.  I switched to Triathlon racing and started coaching myself.  I learned EVERYTHING I could about my new sport and how to improve.  My initial foray into triathlon resulted in modest results, winning the provincial pro series and some podiums on the XTERRA circuit.  My second year I won my first race on the XTERRA tour and by 2003 I won the World Championship.  At the time, XTERRA (or cross triathlon) was a new sport and coaching that sport was in its infancy.  Learning to coach myself was a necessity and now it has formed my lifelong quest to learn as much as I can about endurance coaching.

I switched to Ironman, and learning to coach that sport was eye opening and instructive in my learning about injury prevention and recovery.  Similarly, strength training concepts have become mainstay in my programming in order to properly prepare athletes for Ironman and ultra events like Leadville Mountain bike race.  Choosing something  completely opposite to a cookie cutter program that doesn’t fit your strengths, lifestyle, goals, or ability will revolutionize your training and your entire athlete experience.

Why should you choose MelRad?  Today Mel’s RAD RACING TEAM, which was the FIRST triathlon age-group team in the US and Canada back in 2009, now includes athletes racing mountain bikes, Ironman, XTERRA, gravel races, trail runs, road races, time trials and swim events.  The MelRad Squad is a versatile and diverse group of athletes training according to their experience, goals, and needs.  The Squad is built to support and encourage each other in reaching the objectives laid out each season while having fun and enjoying the process.

Why Choose MelRad Racing?

MelRad Multisport Coaching is personalized coaching with former pro mountainbike and road cyclist and 5x Pro XTERRA/Cross Triathlon World Champion Melanie McQuaid.

Why choose MelRad?

Listen as Melanie explains her coaching philosophy for XTERRA in this podcast

Ironman Coaching

6 professional Ironman victories and experience coaching age group athletes for the Kona Ironman World Championship.

XTERRA/Cross Tri Coaching

3 pro World Champion titles in Maui, multiple pro/age group podiums in Maui, 2 pro ITU Cross triathlon titles, men’s 30-34 age group title, multiple first time Worlds qualifiers.. 12 years of offroad coaching to the top level

Granfondo/Road Cycling Coaching

10 years of professional cycling, on and off road.  Experience coaching beginner road cyclists to ride in a pack.  Whether your goals are a granfondo, sprint ITU Worlds, or Leadville, the MelRad program can get you there.

Mountain Bike Coaching And Skills Instruction

Melanie has PMBIA professional mountain bike instruction training and offers skills based instruction for athletes looking to improve their mountain biking.  Coaching for all mountain biking from XCO to multiday mountain bike races is available.  Melanie has raced and won BC Bike Race, Transrockies 3 day, the Pisgah Stage Race, Canada Cup XC races, and the Cheakamus Challenge.  Bring your dirt dreams here!

Swim Technique Coaching

Without solid technique… you can’t move in the water.  Melanie offers swim camps and one on one lessons to help land based humans get more comfy in the water.

Weekend Training Camps

Camps are held in Victoria periodically from Friday to Sunday with a variety of focuses depending on the time of year.  Next up November 23-25, 2018!

Custom Group Programs

Does your club need a custom camp?  Melanie has put on camps for triathlon clubs across Canada… book yours!

One On One Training Days/Sessions

Visiting Victoria?  Custom training days on the roads and trails that earned many top professional athletes their success.  Just need some swim tips?  Book time with Melanie one on one.

MelRad is the culmination of 14 years experience coaching professional and age group cyclists and triathletes

ADDED To 20+ years professional athlete experience including:

  • UCI Road Cycling World Championships
  • 5x UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
  • 5x IM 70.3 World Championship
  • 16x XTERRA World Championships (3 wins/7 podiums)
  • 2 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship wins/1 Silver Medal
  • Wins and Podium performances at professional level road, cross country mountain bike, endurance mountain bike, XTERRA, ITU Cross Triathlon, Half-Ironman, Full Ironman, Challenge triathlon, and trail running.
  • Won 6x professional half Ironman distance races
  • Second place professional first attempt at full Ironman and 2nd place IM Wisconsin 2019
  • Comeback from a potentially career ending fracture (experience recovering from major injury)

Melanie’s credentials include completion of the Apprentice Coach Program at Altis,  CAC Coaching Certification in cycling, Community Coaching Certification and Level 2 Intro to Competition from Triathlon BC and PMBIA Mountain Bike Instruction certification.

Melanie has been coaching athletes, pro and amateur, for 14 years.