Monday, August 15, 2011

PRO-File: Richie Cunningham

When you hear the name "Richie Cunningham", a few faces may come to mind. Richie was the son of Howard and Marion Cunningham on the hit show Happy Days. He was also one of the most successful place-kickers ever to play for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. But when I hear the name "Richie Cunningham" I think of the lean and scrappy Australian-turned-Austinite who in recent years has dominated the multisport world with impressive performances in the Olympic and 70.3 distance races, and even Ironman.

Richie began his triathlon career in 1995 and became a professional in 1997. He lived in Germany for 10 years, training and competing, and was able to earn himself 9th place in the world ITU athlete ranking, and finished 1st in the Team Relay World Championships in 2004.

After placing 3rd in the 70.3 World Championships in 2006, he moved to the United States to spend more time focusing on the 70.3 series. He trained for 2 years in Boston and added to his World Championship resume by finishing 5th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008, then moved to Austin after braving the cold winters in Massachusetts. He finished off the 2009 season with a 3rd place finish at the German 70.3 National Championships, a second win at the Longhorn 70.3 in Austin and a 4th place finish at Ironman Arizona, his first ever Ironman. He also just wrapped up his 2010 season with another 5th place finish at the 70.3 World Championships.

Next up for Richie is the European 70.3 Championship, taking place August 14th. You can also see Richie compete at the Longhorn 70.3 on October 23rd, where he has finished in the top 3 for the past 3 years, two of which he took the title. Richie and his wife Melissa frequent Jack & Adam's Bicycles (even had their wedding there) and their warm demeanor is always welcome. We look forward to seeing what he does in the future. Richie, well done sir.

You can learn more about Richie on his website

by Mike Thompson of Jack & Adam's Bicycles



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