Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce

ITU Long Distance World Champ and Kona Contender

A swimmer by background, in 2005 Rachel grew bored of following the black line and so decided to give triathlon a go: the natural next step for a 50m specialist in the pool! An attorney at law by day, Rachel would switch her work suit for spandex during her lunch hours as well as pre and post work to fit in training where she could. Sometimes this meant closing a deal at midnight and hopping on her bike for the ten mile journey home through the city. Whilst working as a lawyer Rachel achieved some promising age group results: including winning her age group at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2006 and placing top age grouper at Ironman 70.3 Monaco.

In 2008 Rachel took the plunge and resigned from her job at London city law firm, Taylor Wessing (www.taylorwessing.com) to give her best shot at being a professional triathlete. Since then Rachel has enjoyed a steady rise in the sport. She placed fifth in her first Ironman, Ironman Florida in 2008 in a time of 9:37 and less than a year later was crossing the line at the Ironman World Championships in 6th place (her first time racing on the Big Island). She now has four top ten finishes in Kona to her name (6th:2009, 5th:2010, 4th:2011, 2nd:2013), a world title and three Iron distance titles (Ironman Lanzarote 2011, Challenge Roth 2012 and Ironman Texas 2013). Her finish time in Challenge Roth (8:45:03) also puts her down as the fifth fastest woman over the Iron distance and is one of only 4 women to finish in sub-9hours at the Ironman World Championships (8:57:28).

London was “home” for 10 years but now Rachel has moved Stateside and lives year round in Boulder, Colorado. At the 2014 she made a coaching change to legendary triathlete/cyclist Julie Dibens. Her ambition in the sport is to win Kona as well as tick off a few “bucket list” races she has on her list….Wildflower, Ironman Brazil, St Croix 70.3 and Escape from Alcatraz to name a few.

Rachel by the Numbers

  • 2nd Place at the 2013 and 2015 Ironman World Championships (3 podium finishes in 3 years)

  • 1 Baby Boy (Archie) born September 8, 2016

  • 5th Fastest time over the Iron distance

  • 1 Yellow Lab named Maggie

  • 4 Iron Distance Victories

  • 1 World Championship (ITU Long Course)

  • 1-time she’s finished out of top 6 at Ironman World Championship (6, 5, 4, 11, 2 see a trend minus the off year)