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Katrina Matthews (GBR) and Denis Chevrot (FRA) Take Titles in The HOKA ONE ONE IRONMAN VR18 Pro Challenge

August 8, 2020

- Over 8,000 athletes from 117 nations registered to compete in three division format for IRONMAN VR18 - More than 1,000 age-group athletes registered to compete in the final edition of the season for the four-week long HOKA ONE ONE IRONMAN Virtual Racing Championship Series - More than 113,000 people from around the globe have now joined IRONMAN Virtual Club platform

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2020) – Katrina Matthews of Great Britain and Denis Chevrot of France took titles in the professional women’s and men’s races, respectively during the 18th edition of the HOKA ONE ONE IRONMAN® VR™ Pro Challenge. This weekend’s race positioned eight professional athletes from around the world in a head-to-head-to-head-to-head in a 500m swim at locations in their home communities, before taking on a 40km ride on a portion of the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt bike course, utilizing Official Virtual Cycling partner ROUVY’s augmented reality. The athletes finished off the virtual race with a 3km run recorded at multiple training locations showcasing the three disciplines of the virtual triathlon on the HOKA ONE ONE IRONMAN VR Pro Challenge broadcast.

On Friday, the professional women stepped up to their virtual start lines with multi-time IRONMAN 70.3 podium finisher, Katrina Matthews (GBR), talking the win and clocking an overall time of 1:15:20. Anne Reischmann (DEU), a multi-time top-five IRONMAN 70.3 finisher followed in second, finishing the swim, bike and run in a time of 1:15:53. The 2019 IRONMAN Emilia Romagna Champion, Carolin Lehrieder (DEU) finished in third place with a combined time of 1:19:27. Multi-time top-10 IRONMAN 70.3 finisher Lisa Becharas (USA) rounded out the group in fourth with an overall finishing time of 1:22:08.

The full broadcast of the women’s HOKA ONE ONE IRONMAN VR18 Pro Challenge can be viewed, HERE.

Professional women’s results:

  SWIM TIMEBIKE TIMERUN TIMEOVERALL TIME
1. Katrina MatthewsGBR00:06:4000:58:5800:09:421:15:20
2. Anne ReischmannDEU00:07:3200:58:0400:10:171:15:53
3. Carolin LehriederDEU00:06:4601:01:5500:10:461:19:27
4. Lisa BecharasUSA00:06:4401:04:2500:10:591:22:08

 

On Saturday, it was the professional men’s turn with five-time IRONMAN 70.3 champion, Denis Chevrot (FRA) taking the top spot and completing the virtual triathlon with an overall time of 1:07:00. Following Chevrot, Elliot Bach (USA), a multi-time IRONMAN 70.3 top-ten finisher, finished in second with a time of 1:07:20. Cyril Viennot (FRA) finished in third clocked an overall time of 1:08:10 to take third spot, while IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz champion, Jason West (USA) finished in fourth with a time of 1:09:53.

The full broadcast of the men’s HOKA ONE ONE IRONMAN VR18 Pro Challenge can be viewed HERE.

Professional men’s results:

  SWIM TIMEBIKE TIMERUN TIMEOVERALL TIME
1. Denis ChevrotFRA00:05:4000:52:4900:08:311:07:00
2. Elliot BachUSA00:06:0200:51:4500:09:331:07:20
3. Cyril ViennotFRA00:06:0900:53:0400:08:571:08:10
4. Jason WestUSA00:05:3900:55:4000:08:341:09:53

 

In total, over 8,000 athletes from more than 117 nations and 46 states set out to participate in IRONMAN VR18. The Sprint distance simulation requires athletes to complete a 1.5km Run, 20km Ride, and 5km Run between Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 a.m. ET (10 p.m. GMT) and race close, Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7:59 p.m. ET (11:59 p.m. GMT). Competitors who race in the IRONMAN VR18 Classic division can do the three race segments anywhere, indoors or outdoors, in any order and are not required to do the segments consecutively.

The over 1,000 athletes who registered for the HOKA ONE ONE 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. An athlete’s overall standing is 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 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship with a total of 75 qualifying slots allocated across age groups for top performers.

IRONMAN VR18 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 113,000 members on the platform with thousands completing IRONMAN Virtual Club Challenges since its recent launch.

Full details and specifics regarding the IRONMAN Virtual Club are available on www.ironmanvirtualclub.com. For questions about the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series, athletes can email [email protected]. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media related inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

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