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No Slowing Down Melanie McQuaid

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Professional triathlete Melanie McQuaid doesn’t let bad luck get in the way of dominating the offroad scene.

With the odds stacked against her, Victoria’s Melanie McQuaid used those endless hours of training to overcome the adversity and climb to the top of the podium.

Last week, the 37-year-old McQuaid went to the first-ever ITU (International Triathlon Union) Cross Tri world championship in Extremadura, Spain. When she arrived in Europe, she wasn’t feeling 100 per cent health-wise and then to make matters worse, her bikes were lost by the airline company.

“After we got to Spain, we were told that the bikes would be coming the next day,” said McQuaid. “After that, it was just a comedy show. Each day, they were supposed to show up but they never did. There was nothing I could do about so I had to rely on my fitness.”

McQuaid used a borrowed bike and won the ITU world championship, which also has a running and swimming portion in the event.

Read more: Times Colonist