Happy Birthday Melanie! And congrats on your win at the XTERRA Midwest Cup.
This past weekend the XTERRA World Tour took athletes to Fort Custer State Park just outside of Battle Creek, Michigan. For McQuaid, the weekend started out right even before hitting the race. “The course is fabulous, Battle Creek wins top honors for total friendliness, I had the home stay of the century, the bike store (Team Active) rolled out the red carpet, and it was all-in-all just an awesome experience.”
As usual, Christine Jeffreys (XTERRA Swim Queen) exited first with McQuaid 1½ minutes back. Her efficient T1 and racing instincts had her in the lead shortly after beginning the bike. McQuaid knew Renata Bucher, Shonny V. and Jen Smith weren’t just going to hand her a birthday present and she would have to race to her potential to hold the lead over these strong ladies. Jen Smith rode away with the fastest bike split, and Shonny & Renata would aim to pull McQuaid back on the run.
Sunday was Melanie’s day as she ran to victory with a 3-minute lead over Butcher finishing 2nd, AVIA sponsored -Shonny V. in 3rd, and Christine Jeffreys & Jen Smith rounding out the top 5.
Not a bad way to celebrate your 36th b’day!
For more info on Mel’s rockin’ race, check out: http://www.racergirl.com/xterra-events/happy-birthday-to-me-a-win-in-michigan.html/