Meet Richie Cunningham – Kestrel Athlete

Posted: January 20, 2011 in KestrelBlog

I figured I’m a bit late on making all the team introductions to everyone so I’m going to do this one athlete at a time.

1st up is Richie Cunningham. No, not that one from Happy Days, but our real live Richie from the Gold Coast of Australia. Richie has recently taken the plunge and gone off and got married so if you see him at races, give him a big contrats! His wife is way too good for him so he must have some special powers!

Remember, you can visit the Kestrel site at to ask any of the Kestrel pros questions.


Richie began his career in triathlon in 1995, a few years after leaving the Australian Army. He became a pro two years later in 1997. Soon after that, he moved to Germany to compete in the German National League for the DSW team. He later joined team Hansgrohe, the strongest team in the league at that time. Richie lived in Germany for 10 years and during that time earned himself a 9th place world ITU ranking and nearly missed qualifying for the Olympics by placing 3rd at the Australian trials. He also finished 1st in the Team Relay World Championships in 2004.

At the end of 2006, Richie decided to transition his focus to the Ironman 70.3 races and placed 3rd in the 70.3 World Championships. Soon after that, he moved to the United States to spend more time focusing on the 70.3 series. He trained for 2 years in Boston, MA and added to his World Championship resume by finishing 5th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008. After braving two Boston winters, Richie decided to move to warmer weather in Austin, TX. 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 triathlon and a 4th place finish at Ironman Arizona – his first ever Ironman-distance race. He also just wrapped up his 2010 season with another 5th place finish at the 70.3 World Championships.

Career Highlights
5th 70.3 World Championships 2010

3rd 70.3 World Championships 2008

5th 70.3 World Championships 2007

3rd 70.3 World Championships 2006

1st Team Relay World Championships 2004

  1. Jeff Irvin says:

    The dog in the tux is freaking awesome!

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