Here is a little information about my racing and coaching career.
Please visit my website www.melaniemcquaid.com as well!
I started as a cross country mountain bike racer. After five trips to the UCI World Championships and 7 years racing the World Cup as a pro, I wanted/needed a change.
In 2000 I tried road racing and went to the UCI World Championships with the Canadian National Team. That same year, I raced my first XTERRA. I finished 2nd in Maui that year and knew triathlon was my passion. By 2003 I won my first World Championship which led to three more and a streak of finishing first or second at nearly every race for almost a decade.
In 2012, I needed to find a new challenge and switched to Ironman. In all, I earned six half distance victories and 15+ podiums in long distance triathlon. I did my first full Ironman in 2015 and took 2nd place at 42 years old.
I have been in the sport a LONG time. I have hosted an online blog since 1998!
This was my original logo when I created www.melrad.com in order to promote girls in sport.
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 took my second victory this year at the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championship in Penticton at age 44.
I also have many podiums I am proud of: 4x second place and a third at XTERRA World Championship. 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. My career was derailed when I broke my ankle in 2016 and lost 14 months to injury. It is an amazing ride being a professional athlete, both the ups and the downs. That experience was crucial for me as a coach… understanding what it takes physically and emotionally to work back from injury is a powerful asset.
Fun Story from 2011 ITU World Championships:
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 started coaching in 2006. In 2009 I launched the first MelRad Racing team and recently brought the team back as my MelRad squad of coached athletes. In 2018 I launched Tri The Dirt, and offroad skills camp for triathletes.
I am more than an athlete and coach. I have appeared as a public speaker. I hosted a television segment for two years, co-hosted a sports radio talk show, managed a professional cycling team and 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.
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Height: 172 cm
Bike size: Size medium or 17″
Favorite food: Coffee and almond croissants
I have a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Victoria and a variety of certificates in Marketing and Technical Writing.
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)
- 2017/2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion
- 2003/2005/2006 XTERRA World Champion
- 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
- 2017 ITU Multisport Cross Triathlon World Championship
- 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)