Chris McCormack


Chris McCormack (born in Australia, April 4th 1973) almost ended up working as an accountant before deciding that triathlon was his true calling. Triathlons involve a fair share of math – figuring out splits and how fast one needs to go to stay away or chase down an opponent. There’s a reason we call Chris a “mathlete” on occasion. But most folks in the triathlon Community know Chris as ‘Macca’.

McCormack began competing on international-distance courses in 1996, winning both the 1997 Triathlon World Championships and the 1997 ITU World Cup Series; to date, Chris is the only athlete to win both titles in a single season.

After shifting his focus to longer distance racing, Chris continued his winning ways. He won Ironman Australia in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Twice he has finished the Quelle Challenge Roth, an Iron-distance triathlon in under 8 hours, a feat only 5 other athletes have completed. In 2007 he won the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii after 6 attempts at the race. He won the Ironman World Championships again in 2010 – one of the most exciting triathlon finishes any of us here at Clif have ever seen.

2011 has seen Chris win again, on home soil, at the Challenge Cairns Triathlon – his 13th Ironman title. In addition to the many race adventures, Chris’ new book, ‘I’m Here to Win,’ will be hitting the stores in 2011. And on top of all of this, Forbes Magazine named Chris, “The World’s Greatest Athlete.” 

Chris McCormack has accomplished A LOT as a pro triathlete. Clearly, he is here to win. But, what we enjoy most about working with Chris is the passion and enthusiasm he has for the sport of triathlon. Chris is one of those athletes who truly loves what he does. And we love watching Chris do what he does, because he does it all so damn well.