After an astonishing 11-year career as a pro triathlete, Mary Beth Ellis competed in her final race at the 2016 Ironman World Championship
Mary Beth has had one of the most remarkable careers in the history of triathlon: Nine Ironman wins (in just 19 starts), six Ironman 70.3 victories, an Alpe d’Huez title, the 2015 ITU Long Distance World Championship, and numerous course and discipline records.
But it isn’t the number of wins that inspires us (although it is impressive). Rather, it’s more about how she trained, competed and ultimately triumphed. This was true right from the start: After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2005 and learning she would never run marathons competitively, she went against doctor’s orders and traded in her running career for triathlon. The rest is history.
“It has been an incredible journey, and I couldn’t have asked for a better support team,” Mary Beth said upon announcing her retirement before Kona 2016. “I am so very grateful to have ridden Cervélo in all my Ironman races and am so proud of what we have accomplished together.”
The feeling is mutual. We at Cervélo are grateful to Mary Beth for all she has given to her chosen sport. To celebrate her phenomenal career and legacy, we reached out to prominent figures in the triathlon community and asked them to share the ways in which they were inspired by “The Honey Badger.” We didn’t have to ask twice.
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