Not so live update, Nissan Xterra South East Championship
( Note: This story is about Jackie Burt, a wicked soon to be pro I am coaching this season…..melanie)
Gunnison mom balances competitive drive and life with kids
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.
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.
The skies above Maui have opened up today, a storm announcing the arrival of winter and the beginning of the off season for me. I have just completed the World Xterra Championship, the biggest race of the season attracting the best and the brightest from around the world. In a close race and an exciting finish, I ended up second to Jamie Whitmore. My bid to retain the title became a strong second place with about two kilometers to go, and although I am obviously disappointed in not winning, I must congratulate Jamie for putting together a great race. As a result, I am totally focused on how I can be better as an athlete, how I can improve on this great, but not perfect season, and what I need to do to climb back to the top of the World Championship podium. But that can wait, because now is the time for me to go home and chill out with friends and be "normal" for awhile, before plotting next seasons course…. Read more
While I spend the last few days here in Victoria preparing to leave for Hawaii, I can’t help but become very philosophical on WHY we do what we do, and what positive effect our actions and choices have on others. It is hard to stay focussed on "winning" things when the achievement is truly fleeting. I feel that only when you manage to inspire someone else, and they carry on to inspire the next person, that your achievement may have lasting value… Read more
Despite the title of this report, the West Championships Xterra was again a battle between Jamie Whitmore and I, but a very unfriendly non-gentleman decided to put himself between us during the bike segment of the race, and then personally attack me after the race, so this story has a bit of spice. Jamie won the Big Bear Xterra this year again, and as much as I freaking HATE second, I did do well having had a solid race winning the bike prime and putting up a fight until about the last 3.5 miles of the race, so I feel like things are right on track for the last two races of the season. This was a good race, so read on to get the story….
Melanie’s Personal Score: 1 triathlon – 1 Victory!
Always nice to kick off the season with a win, and although I was concerned that this one was going to be hard going, the legs came around in the crunch and carried me in for a solid winning race!
This race is cool because it is right in the middle of a metropolitan area, Richmond, Virginia, so lots of spectators and lots and lots of participants… like 2000 for all the events on the weekend. It is really quite cool…….