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Canadian Rachel McBride is looking to get on track at Challenge Roth

So far, the first half of the 2019 triathlon season has been rough for Canadian Rachel McBride. Not because of poor form, but due to unfortunate mishaps leading into a race and even in the race itself.

After starting the year with wins at the Fort Langley 10K, Shamrock Half-Marathon and Cascade Gravel Grinder, McBride was involved in a bike crash at Ironman 70.3 Pays D’Aix. She then raced two weeks later, at Ironman Lanzarote. Unable to rest her elbow in the aerobars (due to stitches) she competed on a borrowed road bike. Despite the conditions, McBride managed to finish seventh. Then at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, she received a drafting penalty – the first in her 14 years of racing. After serving the five-minute penalty, she came off the bike in fifth-place and sixth at the line.

Rachel McBride at the Challenge Roth press conference.

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Now with her body healthy and fitness on form despite the unfortunate results, McBride is looking for a strong race at Challenge Roth.