Dede Griesbauer (USA) and Kennett Peterson (USA) Take Titles During the IRONMAN VR10 Pro Challenge Weekend
June 7, 2020
Over 16,000 athletes from 130 nations registered to compete in IRONMAN VR10 an IRONMAN 5150 Olympics distance simulation
TAMPA, Fla. (June 7, 2020) – The 10th edition of the IRONMAN® VR™ Pro Challenge saw a United States sweep with Dede Griesbauer winning the women’s race and Kennett Peterson taking the top honors in the men’s race as eight top triathletes battled it out over the course of two days. Mixing up the format, athletes took on a 3 km run through the Eagle Trail in Boulder, Colorado before hopping on their trainers. From there, athletes began their 40 km bike ride in Gerry Boyle Park on a portion of the newly offered IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman bike course, utilizing Official Virtual Cycling partner ROUVY’s augmented reality.
In the closely contested professional women’s race, Dede Griesbauer (USA) fought her way into the top spot with an impressive performance, finishing the 3 km run and 40 km bike in an overall time of 1:07:53, while Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) finished in second place with a combined time of 1:08:42. Danielle Mack (USA) took third position with a finishing time of 1:10:09 and Rachel Olson (USA) rounded out the group with a time of 1:11:19.
The full broadcast of the women’s IRONMAN VR10 Pro Challenge can be viewed, HERE.
Professional women’s results:
|RUN TIME||BIKE TIME||OVERALL TIME|
|1. Dede Griesbauer||USA||00:12:21||00:55:32||1:07:53|
|2. Lindsey Jerdonek||USA||00:11:08||00:57:34||1:08:42|
|3. Danielle Mack||USA||00:12:00||00:59:57||1:10:09|
|4. Rachel Olson||USA||00:11:26||00:59:53||1:11:19|
On Sunday, it was the professional men’s turn to take to the road for a 3 km run and the trainers for a 40 km bike. Despite some technical difficulties (and nearly oversleeping the start of the race) Kennett Peterson (USA) emerged victorious, completing the IRONMAN VR10 Pro Challenge in an overall time of 1:02:05. Professional triathlete, Tyler Butterfield (BMU), came in second with a time of 1:03:58, while Joe Gambles (AUS) finished third in a time of 1:04:46. Andre Lopes (BRA) rounded out the men’s group clocking a time of 1:05:30.
The full broadcast of the men’s IRONMAN VR10 Pro Challenge can be viewed, HERE.
Professional men’s results:
|RUN TIME||BIKE TIME||OVERALL TIME|
|1. Kennett Peterson||USA||00:09:13||00:52:52||1:02:05|
|2. Tyler Butterfield||BMU||00:09:08||00:54:50||1:03:58|
|3. Joe Gambles||AUS||00:09:36||00:55:10||1:04:46|
|4. Andre Lopes||BRA||00:09:23||00:56:07||1:05:30|
In total, over 16,000 athletes from more than 130 nations and all 50 states set out to participate in IRONMAN VR10. IRONMAN VR10 requires athletes to complete a 3 km Run, 40 km Ride, and 10 km Run between Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. ET (6 p.m. GMT) and race close this evening, Sunday, June 7 at 7:59 p.m. ET (11:59 p.m. GMT). Competitors who race in the Classic Division can do so anywhere, indoors or outdoors, can complete the three segments in any order and are not required to do the segments consecutively.
The 3,000 athletes who registered for the new IRONMAN Virtual Racing Championship Series are bound by a different set of rules over a four-week long regulated age-group competition designed to reward top-performing athletes in a structured and competitive virtual environment. Athlete’s overall standing are based upon their top three performances in aggregate over a four-week period. Athletes competing will have the opportunity to earn race slots to the 2020 edition of the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship with a total of 75 qualifying slots allocated across age groups for top performers.
IRONMAN VR10 leaderboard updates can be found by visiting the IRONMANVR Facebook Page.
Bringing the IRONMAN community together virtually, the IRONMAN® Virtual Club™ continues to grow and now has more than 105,000 members on the platform with thousands completing IRONMAN Virtual Club Challenges since its recent launch.
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