maccabikeChris McCormack, affectionately known as Macca, was born April 4, 1973. Growing up on the beaches of Sydney, Australia he began his athletic career in primary school as a runner. McCormack’s high school years were spent at Kirrawee High School, a public school in south Sydney, where McCormack continued his sporting endeavors winning several distinguished sporting awards including the States Sporting Blue for the best athlete in the state. He continued to win numerous Australian Athletic and cross country titles through secondary school.

McCormack raced his first triathlon while attending university with immediate success, winning two Australian Junior Triathlon Titles. He went on to graduate University in October 1995; but in 1996, flew to Europe to chase his dream and race triathlons internationally. Just one year later, in 1997, he recorded six top-10 finishes in ITU World Cup racing as well as some dominating performances on the tough French Grand Prix racing circuit. He finished the year ranked number one in the world, winning both the 1997 ITU Triathlon World Championships and the 1997 ITU Triathlon World Cup, the first male triathlete ever to win both titles in the same year. McCormack became the first man in history to ever win the ITU World Championships, The ITU World Cup series and be ranked number 1 in the World in a single season. Macca would be ranked ITU World number 1 for more than 26 months in total.

Always looking for a new challenge, Macca shifted his focus to Ironman racing where he won in his first attempt at that distance, winning Ironman Australia in 2002. He went on to defend that title in 2003, winning yet again in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well. Continuing his success, Macca won multiple other Ironman race in Europe, breaking the elusive 8-hour barrier a record 4 times. In 2007, McCormack went on to win the famed Ironman Hawaii World Championship with a time of 8:15:34, including a 2:42 marathon in extreme conditions. McCormack again won the 2010 Ironman Hawaii World Championship as well, securing his place as one of the best triathletes to have ever raced.

Still focused and chasing his dream, in 2012, McCormack won yet another World Title, claiming the ITU Long Course World Championship. With recent wins in 2013 and 2014 in Italy, Dubai, across the USA and around Asia, McCormack continues to follow his passion and his drive for success remains strong.

MaccaX is his brainchild and he’s very passionate about helping everyone in this team improve and making sure they are surrounded by top quality talent and educators in the sport who don’t feed you any BS.

His brutally honest approach is thoroughly represented by everyone on the team and in management.

When he is not training, McCormack enjoys surfing and relaxing with family and friends, splitting time between his homes in Phuket Thailand and Sydney Australia.

He is the Chief Executive Chairman for Thanyapura Phuket and a global ambassador for Challenge Family.