Quintana Roo (QR) marked its 30th anniversary of manufacturing award-winning, high performance triathlon bicycles last weekend when QR-sponsored, US triathletes Matt Hanson and Jodie Robertson, aboard their respective PRsix bikes, won the men’s and women’s titles at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship.
Hanson broke his own American record (set in 2015 at the same location) with his 7:52:44 finish on The Woodlands, Texas, course. Robertson, who has only been in the sport two years, bettered her 2016 second place finish and captured her first IRONMAN title by claiming the top spot on the podium with an 8:56:32 time. The wins ensured that Hanson and Robertson will be flying their Quintana Roo PRsix bikes to Kona for the IRONMAN World Championship in October.
“I definitely had a PR performance on the bike,” said Matt Hanson after the race. “My coach and I had a strong race plan. Executing the plan was helped tremendously by QR and its on-site mechanics who made sure that no mechanical issues were going to arise on the course.”
“The IMTX bike course is right up my alley,” said Jodie Robertson. “I love grinding out super steady watts in aero for a long time and with my PRsix, it was aero all the whole way!” Robertson’s race plan focused on fueling well and hitting her heart rate and watts targets.
She added, “QR set me up with a new top tube storage that had a zipper, that storage was awesome! It was super easy to get my nutrition out, I didn’t have to worry at all about losing/dropping any of my gels, and the storage was large enough for me to fit nine gels and salts!”
Quintana Roo’s PR Series bikes have built a reputation for their design innovation, aero technology, power-to-weight ratio and components compatibility. The multi-award-winning PR Series – PRsix, PRfive and the most recent PRthree – have been recognized by a variety of trade and consumer organizations for innovation and technology, including: LAVA magazine as Editor’s Pick for Gear of the Year (PRsix, PRfive) and Interbike’s Triathlon Business International (TBI) Triathlon Innovation of the Year Award (PRfive).
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Bicycle Group manufactures high performance bikes under two brands: Litespeed (road, mountain and adventure bikes) and Quintana Roo (triathlon-specific bikes). Litespeed’s titanium technology makes it a leading manufacturer of cold-worked, cycling-specific tubesets, which led to a partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to fabricate the wheels’ framework of the Mars Land Rover.