"The most interesting woman in triathlon"


Meet Rachel McBride

Rachel has been racing full-time as a professional triathlete since 2011. She is a three-time Ironman 70.3 Champion and has numerous podium and course record results across several distances in the sport.

Known as the “Purple Tiger,” she is one of the strongest cyclists on the world circuit. Rachel leads from the front of the race always. She is consistently first-off-the-bike having logged eight Ironman 70.3 fastest bike splits and is currently a two-time Ironman bike course record holder. She is a three-time course record holder, including Canadian National Championships.

Deemed "the most interesting woman in triathlon" by TRS Radio, Rachel is a board-certified Genetic Counselor with two graduate degrees in genetics. She is an accomplished cellist and works in sexual health education, counseling and advocacy in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where she lives and trains.



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Road to kona



Interview with Triathlon Magazine Canada after IM Canada 2017

Global TV: Red Bull 400 Interview

Chat with Triathlon Magazine Canada about my Ironman debut



Rachel McBride and her season so far

Rachel McBride and her season so far

Red Bull 400 – Straight Up

Triathlon Magazine Canada: How I went from average to front-of-pack swimmer

Triathlon Magazine Canada: How I went from average to front-of-pack swimmer

Unique interview with Innervoice.life

Unique interview with Innervoice.life

The Purple Tiger Presents: Rachel McBride 4th at Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos

The Purple Tiger Presents: Rachel McBride 4th at Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos

career highlights


Upcoming 2019

1st - Fort Langley 10k

1st - Shamrock Half Marathon

1:20:31, OA winner

1st - Cascade Gravel Grinder

Perfect score omnium winner! (first gravel stage race in North America)

DNF - Ironman 70.3 Pays D’aix

Bad bike crash on course = trip to the ER and stitches.

7th - Ironman Lanzarote

2-weeks post crash; borrowed road bike. 1st out of the water!

6th - Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant

6th - Challenge Roth

Iron-distance PR! 9:06

1st - Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo

2nd OA and new course record!

1st - Burnt Bridge Classic Gravel Fondo

2018 results

4th - Ironman African Championships


1st - Ironman 70.3 victoria

Now 3x 70.3 Champion!

2nd - Ironman 70.3 mont tremblant

Fastest swim, fastest bike (tie), first off the bike.

6th - Ironman European championships

With food poisoning!

3rd - Red Bull 400 Whistler

Only 1 week after IM Euro Champs - ouch!

2nd - L' alpe de grand blanc

I love supporting local racing!

cancelled - Super League Penticton

Yet stage 1 time trial win!

1st - Walla Walla Grit

3rd OA! 95 mile, 7.5 hour gravel race. So hard.

28th - Ironman world championships

Top-10 off the bike! Many lessons learned in my Kona debut.


7th - Ironman Cozumel

First off the bike, bike course record!

4th - Ironman 70.3 Cabos

First off the bike!

1st - Sky Pilot 14km trail race

New course record and 4th OA!

6th - ITU Long Distance World Championships

Lead swim pack!

3rd - Ironman Canada

First out of the water, first off the bike. Fastest swim, bike course record.

1st - Great White North Half Iron Triathlon

2nd fastest time in GWN history (est. 1991)! Fastest swim (tie) and bike.

1st - Diamondback Cascadia Super G

and 3-climb prime winner

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