Victoria’s Melanie McQuaid looks to add another title to her collection this Sunday May 23rd at the XTERRA South Central Championship in Waco, Texas. The three-time XTERRA World Champion, and two-time U.S. Pro Series Champion (which this race is a part of) will be joined by Guelph’s Christine Jeffrey – look for her to be first out of the water. Shonny Vanlandingham (USA), who played basketball at East Texas State before becoming the most successful rider in NORBA mountain biking history, will be the woman to beat after having won the first race of the year. Another threat will be Renata Bucher (SUI), a four-time XTERRA European Tour champ who has already won races in Saipan, Guam, and Portugal this season.
PRO WOMEN BY COUNTRY
USA – Emma Garrard, Shae Rainer, Brandyn Roark Gray, Sara Tarkington, Tracy Thelen, Shonny Vanlandingham
AUSTRALIA – Christie Sym
CANADA – Christine Jeffrey, Melanie McQuaid
NEW ZEALAND – Jenny Smith
SCOTLAND – Lesley Paterson
SWITZERLAND – Renata Bucher
Leading the men’s field is South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz – a three-time XTERRA World Champion and winner of the first race of the year in Las Vegas, along with France’s Nico Lebrun – a three-time XTERRA European Tour Champion and former World Champion.
PRO MEN BY COUNTRY
USA – Matt Boobar, Ryan DeCook, Craig Evans, Scott Gall, Trevor Glavin, Brandon Jessop, Will Kelsay, Josiah Middaugh, Branden Rakita, Cody Waite, Seth Wealing
FRANCE – Nico Lebrun
SOUTH AFRICA – Grayson Keppler, Conrad Stoltz