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.

Related: VIDEO: Rachel McBride will race Ironman Lanzarote on a road bike

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

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