Sam Long and Lauren Brandon Victorious in IRONMAN VR2 Pro Challenge
The second edition of the IRONMAN® VR™ Pro Challenge on the virtual bike course and then in a 5150® Olympic distance race simulation continued over the consecutive weekend.
In the professional category, Americans Sam Long and Lauren Brendon took the top spots on the podium in the men’s and women’s category respectively.
Utilizing Official Virtual Cycling partner ROUVY’s augmented reality to race, the four professional men of Long, Sam Appleton (USA), David McNamee (GBR) and Tim O’Donnell (USA) all conquered the 40km bike on IRONMAN 5150 Boulder’s virtual bike course.
Long completed the 5150-race simulation in a time of 1:02:13 while Appleton finished in second place with a time of 1:02:53. O’Donnell took third position with a finishing time of 1:03:44 as McNamee rounded out the four, clocking a time of 1:04:22.
The four professional women of Brandon, Rachel Olson (USA), Chelsea Sodaro (USA), and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) all conquered the 40km bike on IRONMAN 5150 Boulder’s virtual bike course too. Brandon completed the 5150 race simulation in a time of 1:14:40 while Sodaro finished in second place with a time of 1:15:07. Vesterby (DEN) finished third with a time of 1:16:39 and Olsen (USA) rounded out the four, clocking a time of 1:21:52.
Professional men’s results:
1. Sam Long USA 01:02:13
2. Sam Appleton USA 01:02:53
3. Tim O’Donnell USA 01:03:44
4. David McNamme GBR 01:04:22
Professional women’s results:
1. Lauren Brandon USA 01:14:40
2. Chelsea Sodaro USA 01:15:07
3. Michelle Vesterby DEN 01:16:39
4. Rachel Olson USA 01:21:52
In total, over 23,000 other athletes from 130 nations and all 50 states set out to participate in the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series event, which began on April 10. The race required athletes to complete three segments, including a 3km Run, 40km Ride, then 10km Run by the race closed on April 12.
Competitors could complete the segments in any order and are not required to do the segments consecutively. Athletes are able to compete anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Bringing the IRONMAN community together virtually, the IRONMAN® Virtual Club™ continues to grow and now has 50,000 members on the platform with thousands completing IRONMAN Virtual Club Challenges since its recent launch. Leaderboard updates can be found by visiting the IRONMANVR Facebook Page.