Melanie McQuaid Announces 2011 MelRad Racing Team

  • By Julia Polloreno
  • Published Mar 7, 2011

Competing under the guidance of three-time Xterra world champ Melanie McQuaid, the newly announced 2011 MelRad Racing Team will race at all the regional Xterra competitions and the World Championships in Maui.

This year, the team will also expand into the Ironman 70.3 series and select mountain biking events throughout the US and Canada.

Veterans Keri Grosse, Fred Smith IV, Meiling Yee, Tim Holland, and Jo Markham will carry the team of nine riders with newcomers John Belair, Lance Thatcher, Whitney Houck and Canadian Katie Button rounding out the now international squad. Last year, Yee was regional champion and Holland, Smith, and Markham achieved podium finishes in their age groups at the Xterra World Championships. Athlete profiles can be viewed online at

The goal of the MelRad Racing team is to foster development within middle distance triathlon, including Xterra and 70.3 racing. The athletes on the team have goals ranging from world championship wins and regional titles to future pro status, general fitness and competitiveness.

The team will be supported by McQuaid and her sponsors, including Avia, Nathan, Profile Design, Powerbar, Sundog Eyewear, USANA, Justin’s Nut Butter, Squirt, Genuine Innovations, Cycleops, Titec and ESI Grips.

Follow the team at, on Twitter at, and on Facebook at

For information contact Melanie McQuaid through


Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno

As Editor-in-Chief of Triathlete magazine, Polloreno oversees the monthly magazine’s content and production. A Stanford University graduate with an award-winning track record in publishing, Polloreno is a two-time Ironman finisher and has been a competitive triathlete for more than a decade.

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