Melanie McQuaid crowned first ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion

by Paula Kim on 30 Apr, 2011 08:17 • Español

Canadian Melanie McQuaid made an impressive ITU debut and was crowned the first ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion today in Extremadura, Spain.

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.

American Shonny Vanlandingham was second across the line for silver.  Teammate Emma Garrard took the bronze, completing a North American sweep of the women’s podium.

In all, 25 women from 11 countries tackled the course, set at “The Ring”, an International Innovation Centre for outdoor sports in Extremadura.

McQuaid’s Canadian teammate Christine Jeffrey led the women out of the 1km swim.  She held a significant lead over the favourites, with the fastest swim split by 1 46-second margin.  McQuaid trailed by over two and a half minutes after the swim.

But once on the 20km mountain bike course, McQuaid made her move and surged to the lead.  Garrard followed in second place while Jeffrey dropped to third.  Vanlandingham, who was second last out of the water, sizzled on the bike, recording the fastest bike split as the only woman to bike under an hour.  McQuaid had the second fastest bike split, more than enough to propel her to the lead.

Off the bike and out onto the 6km cross-country run, McQuaid continued to lead the field.  Behind her, Vanlandingham worked her way into the silver medal position with Garrard just behind her in third.

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, a comfortable 23 seconds ahead of Vanlandingham and 41 seconds ahead of Garrard.

Jeffrey finished up in fourth position, followed by France’s Marion Lorblanchet in fifth place.  Tops for the home team was Rodriguez who was sixth across the line.  Other notables were Austrian Winter Triathlon star Carina Wasle in 11th place and Natalia Rana, sister of Ivan Rana, finished 14th.

In the junior division, Miriam Casillas García of Spain thrilled the home crowds, taking the junior women’s world title.  Casillas Garcia dominated the race, winning by more than three minutes.  Jip Veelenturf of the Netherlands edged out Judit Saizar Ardanuy of Spain for the silver.

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Related Event: 2011 Extremadura ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
30 Apr, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Women
1. Melanie Mcquaid CAN 01:43:01
2. Shonny Vanlandingham USA 01:43:24
3. Emma Garrard USA 01:43:43
4. Christine Jeffrey CAN 01:45:22
5. Marion Lorblanchet FRA 01:47:16
6. Zuriñe Rodriguez Sanchez ESP 01:47:34
7. Renata Bucher SUI 01:48:13
8. Adriana Fabiola Corona MEX 01:50:34
9. Susan Sloan RSA 01:51:27
10. Helena Herrero Gomez ESP 01:51:31
Results: Elite Men
1. Conrad Stoltz RSA 01:26:40
2. Seth Wealing USA 01:27:36
3. Olivier Marceau SUI 01:29:42
4. Josiah Middaugh USA 01:30:26
5. Richard Stannard GBR 01:31:04
6. Eneko Llanos Burguera ESP 01:31:28
7. Bruno Pais POR 01:32:11
8. Branden Rakita USA 01:32:13
9. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 01:32:46
10. Craig Evans USA 01:34:37
Results: Junior Women
1. Miriam Casillas García ESP 01:01:47
2. Jip Veelenturf NED 01:05:09
3. Judit Saizar Ardanuy ESP 01:05:14
4. Sindija Veinberga LAT 01:12:19
5. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 01:13:27
6. Camila Alonso Aradas ESP 01:21:00
Results: Junior Men
1. Filipe Azevedo POR 00:50:36
2. Hugo Alves POR 00:50:51
3. Diego Paz Sobreira ESP 00:51:28
4. Jarrich Van Woersem NED 00:51:49
5. Miguel Fernandes POR 00:52:29
6. Filip Lishak SVK 00:54:17
7. Genis Grau ESP 00:54:59
8. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:55:28
9. Jordi García Gracia ESP 01:00:33
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