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After three straight years on the podium at the Ironman World Championship — from 2013 to 2015 — this P5 and P5X rider has earned her spot on many “due to win Kona” lists.


Rachel says she was a hyperactive child, which may account for the incredible energy it must take to be both a champion triathlete and corporate lawyer. She began her sporting life as a swimmer, but in 2005 grew bored of following the black line and decided to give triathlon a try. It went well, to say the least: Joyce won her age group at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2006 and was the top age-grouper at the Ironman 70.3 Monaco relay challenge. Before she quit her legal job in 2008, Joyce would switch from a suit into spandex so she could cram in training before work or during her lunch break. 


Since dedicating herself to triathlons full-time Rachel has achieved remarkable success, with dozens of victories and podium finishes in Ironman and ITU competitions. She placed fifth in her first Ironman in Florida in 2008 in a time of 9:37, and less than a year later crossed the line at the Ironman World Championships in sixth place. 2012 was a breakout year, with Joyce winning Ironman Kansas 70.3, Ironman Muskoka 70.3 and Challenge Roth, and claiming the European Long Distance Triathlon Championship. She maintained this momentum in 2013 with wins at Ironman Cozumel and Ironman Texas, and second place at the Ironman World Championship, where she recorded the fifth-fastest women's time in history. The results kept coming in 2014 and 2015, with second-place finishes at Challenge Roth, Boulder 70.3, IM Kansas and the North American Ironman Championships, and second at the 2015 Ironman World Championships. The great expectations fuelled by these results would have to wait until 2017, however: Eight months after finishing second at the 2016 edition of Ironman 70.3 Pucon, Rachel and her partner Brett welcomed a baby boy, Archie, into the world.


Joyce loves a challenge: She has raced in 3C waters in the European Cold Water Swimming Championships, where she took the 25m breaststroke title in 2004. She also volunteered to be a "buddy swimmer" to a friend on her English Channel crossing, which meant six hours of swimming in 16C waters…sans wetsuit.

She is also one of the founders of TriEqual — a group of men and women dedicated to fairness, development and equality in the sport of triathlon — and is on the board of advisors for the Women for Tri initiative, which encourages more women to embrace the sport of triathlon.


Twitter: @RJoyce09


Instagram: @rachelsjoyce

Rachel Joyce