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Note: Pretty cool to be part of such an amazingly talented and diverse group of athletes. -MM
Poised to dominate the triathlon world in 2010, Specialized has launched its first-ever comprehensive triathlon team, with multiple athletes in each of the three major specialties: Long Course, Short Course, and XTERRA. Hand selected by Bobby Behan, Specialized Global Marketing Manager for MTB and Triathlon, the team athletes represent the best in the business – from decorated vets to young, upstart pros.
“It’s super exciting to be instrumental in the construction of this star-studded global team, many of which have inspired my own triathlon career,” said Behan. “Collectively, the team has won every major title in triathlon from the Olympic Games to World titles in ITU, Ironman, and Xterra.”
XTERRA Triathlon Team
Conrad Stoltz “The Caveman”
Of course the team wouldn’t be complete without Specialized veteran athlete Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz or Melanie McQuaid – both three-time World Xterra Champions and both hungry for another podium. They are joined by Conrad’s fellow South African and upcoming Xterra athlete Dan Hugo. All will be outfitted with S-Works Epic and S-Works Epic 29er bikes.
“I’m really excited to be part of such a diverse group of triathletes,” said Stoltz. “Being part of a team feels really good; it’s only logical to have such a phenomenal group riding the best bicycles out there.”
Long Course Triathlon Team
Chris McCormack “Macca”
Long Course standouts Chris “Macca” McCormack, the 2007 World Ironman and 1997 ITU World Champion; Peter Reid, three-time Ironman World Champion; and Desiree Ficker, 2008 Ironman South Africa 70.3 champ, have all returned. “It is a great honor to represent the big S around the globe,” said Peter Reid, longtime Specialized ambassador and athlete. “For more than 10 years I’ve been like the kid in the candy shop – my candy shop being Specialized, of course.”
And this year they are joined by three more ringers. Jordan Rapp won the 2009 Ironman Arizona, smashing the bike course record. Philip Graves, also a cycling ace, is the youngest ever Ironman Champion (at just 20 years old) after winning in the UK last August. And Rasmus Henning – who just crossed over to Long Course racing after an accomplished ITU career– placed fifth in his first attempt at Kona last year, despite breaking his wrist two weeks prior and being told not to race.
The Long Course team will ride the new S-Works Shiv and S-Works Transition – bikes that Henning thinks will help him accomplish a huge goal. “I am really happy to be a part of Specialized for the 2010 season. My big goal this year is winning Ironman Hawaii, and I am certain that the professional team surrounding me with my bike set-up will be the best I have ever had.”
Short Course Triathlon Team
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MelRad Racing Announces the 2010 Pro-Am Raditude Roster
MelRad Racing, also known as Mel’s Rad Racing Team, has announced the roster of athletes chosen to race as part of the professional and amateur squad in 2010.
The team is led by reigning 3x USA Overall XTERRA Series Champion and 3x XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid. Melanie returns in 2010 planning to race events on the XTERRA and Ironman 70.3 calendar while dabbling in mountain bike events. While focused on making an effort to win a fourth world title, Melanie will be personal coach or mentor for all members of the MelRad Racing team and will help all to have the raddest season ever. For information on Melanie please visit http://www.melrad.com.
The team concept was embraced by team sponsors. “Melanie has been the face of off-road triathlon for years and AVIA is fully supportive of her effort to give back to the sport through the development of the MelRad Racing Team. The MelRad athletes are not only fast, but are terrific ambassadors for the sport and their communities.” – Shawn Frack, Sports Marketing Manager, AVIA.
An invitation was extended to professional athletes Sara Tarkington and Emma Garrard to MelRad Racing for the 2010 season after they displayed raditude in 2009. With a goal of finding and developing the next generation of top professional athletes, Melanie chose two rad female competitors with potential for top podium positions at the Maui World Championships. Sara Tarkington, aka “Tark”, is based in Boulder, Colorado where she came to triathlon from a running background. After much success improving her mountain bike racing, she was 9th at the 2009 XTERRA World Championships. Sara is a social worker when not an athlete superstar and is known for consistent performances and a love of cupcakes. Emma Garrard was the 2007 amateur USA Champion, switching to the pro ranks in 2008. Originally from Anchorage and now in Park City, Utah, Emma divides her time between XTERRA and Winter Triathlon where she was second at the US Championships earning her a spot on the US World Championships team. This former NCAA Div1 cross country skier and distance runner is best known as a freelance photographer, cross country ski coach and plans to match her winter tri success with top spots across the US and at the World Championships this summer in XTERRA racing. For more information on pro and amateur athletes on the MelRad Racing squad please visit http://www.melrad.com.
The MelRad Racing team will benefit from every advantage offered to Melanie by a rad list of sponsors. The team is going to run in shoes from Avia, ride Specialized ERA women’s and Epic men’s mountain bikes, utilize hydration packs and multisport essentials like velocity laces and transition belts from Nathan Human Propulsion, wear custom race gear by Pactimo, wear Nirvana helmets from Lazer, drink GU Brew and eat GU energy products, wear eyewear by Sundog Eyewear, use Powertap power measuring devices and Powerbeam load generating trainers, wear goggles and swim gear from TYR, wear wetsuits and training clothing by Profile Design, wear gloves from Bellwether, use Genuine Innovations Big Air canisters, use ESI Grips on the handlebars and Powercordz for shifting, Squirt their lube, fuel up on Justin’s Nut Butte, Saltstick tablets and USANA supplements and use SciCon bags. This lineup of sponsors would be the dream team for any professional athlete and was offered to an exceptional group of professional and amateur competitors in 2010.
2010 Rad Roster
Melanie McQuaid – Victoria, BC
Sara Tarkington – Boulder, CO
Emma Garrard – Park City, UT
Alexia Droz (Team Captain; 35-39 AG) – Northwest Region
Becky Batizy (30-34 AG) – Mountain Region
Greg Seaman (50-54 AG) – Midwest Region
Heather McNamara (45-49 AG) – Midwest Region
Brian Corff (30-34) – Mountain Region
Tim Holland (25-29) – Northwest Region
Rob Jackson (35-39) – Northwest Region
Meiling Yee (45-49) – Southwest Region
Marcus Barton (40-45) – Southeast Region
Fred Smith (30-34 AG) – Southeast Region
Kristin Jo Markham (20-24 AG) – Southeast Region
The MelRad Racing Team will be attending all events on the XTERRA US Series, select Ironman 70.3 events and US Cup mountain bike events. The first team event will be the XTERRA West Championships in Lake Las Vegas, NV. MelRad Racing is supported by Avia, Specialized, Nathan, GU, Pactimo, Lazer helmets, Sundog Eyewear, TYR, Powercordz, ESI Grips, Genuine Innovations, Profile Design, Bellwether, Titec, Saris Cycling, Squirt lube and Saltstick.
* rad⋅i⋅tude [rad-i-tood, -tyood]
1. manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to complete awesomeness, a tendency or orientation towards being totally rad, esp. of the mind: a positive raditude
2. the extreme desire to race hard and have fun
melanie AT racergirl DOT com
New sponsor this year is Pactimo Custom Clothing. Here is a sneak peek at Mel’s new look for 2008. Coming soon will be an announcement of the full lineup of partners for Melanie’s assault on the 2008 XTERRA series…nice!
Registration for the best race on the whole XTERRA tour (despite the altitude factor) is NOW OPEN and I am so there. Better get in before it is too late!
And stay tuned for some more exciting and related news…
Xterra World Champion Melanie McQuaid Signs With BMC Bicycles
March 6, 2007 — Press Release: BMC, the leading innovative high-end bike manufacturer based in Grenchen, Switzerland, has signed a contract to provide Melanie McQuaid with bicycles through 2008, expanding their presence in the triathlon and mountain bike world.
Melanie McQuaid, of Victoria, British Columbia CA, won her third Xterra World Championship title last October in Maui, capping a dominating year where she won the US Championships, the Overall US Championships series and the World Championships.
“Looking at my race schedule for 2007 and beyond, it is exciting to work with a company as committed to exceptional performance as I am”, said Melanie McQuaid. “I know that the folks at BMC and the bikes they produce offer me an edge during the riding portion of my events. Being able to improve on my equipment at this stage in my career gives me tremendous confidence I can further raise the bar as I prepare for the 2007 season.”
BMC is proud to provide the Melanie with the most advanced high-tech off-road bicycles available: the Fourstroke FS01 and Team Elite 01. Both feature advanced carbon materials and production techniques that maximize strength while optimizing weight and enhancing performance.
"We are pleased to support Melanie in her quest for a fourth Xterra World Championship," said BMC Brand Manager Scott Thompson. “Melanie epitomizes the winning spirit and dedication to excellence that embodies BMC. We are excited she will be out there competing on a BMC.”
by IT Interactive
This report filed November 30, 2005
Two-time Xterra world champion Melanie McQuaid has confirmed that she will be riding Orbea bikes in 2006, as she seeks to be the first person ever to repeat as champion.
"In 2005 I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to race the Alma, and my results speak to the quality of that bike. It is a privilege that I will continue to ride Orbea in 2006. Orbea offers an amazing line of road, time trial and mountain bikes that set a quality standard that no one else even comes close to, and the roster of athletes that choose to ride them is equally impressive.I am excited to be part of what is sure to be the ultimate multisport program next season."
McQuaid was a terror on the Xterra circuit in 2005, with wins at Xterra West and Mountain championships, plus close seconds in Xterra East, Midwest and USA championships. She rode the Scandium hardtail Scape for most of the year, switching to Orbea’s all-carbon Alma for the world championship race in Maui, where she scorched the bike course in a convincing win.
Orbea’s managing director for North America, Tony Karklins, is thrilled about McQuaid’s results this year and excited to have her riding Orbea again in 2006. "Melanie has become the face of Xterra with her consistent high level of achievement over the past three years, and Orbea is proud to be a part of her team going forward. She’s a leader and a winner, and those are qualities that we strive for everyday."
Melanie will be racing the Alma again next year in Xterra events. She also has plans to race the Orbea Ordu in a few non-drafting triathlons, when her off-road schedule permits.