Turbo trainer and accessories specialist Wahoo Fitness has announced an official partnership with former IRONMAN world record holder (Arizona, 2017) Lionel Sanders. As a time trial specialist with numerous bike split records to his palmares, Wahoo notes that Sanders’ training methodology is unique in that the Canadian athlete conducts nearly all of his bike sessions on an indoor trainer.
In a release, Wahoo notes that ‘given the connectivity, signature flywheel technology and realistic ride-feel of Wahoo’s category-leading KICKR Smart Trainer’, the company feels it is already well positioned to maximize and enhance Sanders’ performance as he seeks to surpass his second-place finish at Kona in 2017 by taking the top step on the podium this October.
As an official partner, Wahoo’s KICKR trainer won’t be the only tool in Sanders’ training armoury. Wahoo will also be supplying the dual-band TICKR X Heart Rate Monitor, the customizable and aerodynamic ELEMNT BOLT GPS Cycling Computer, along with the new KICKR CLIMB Grade Simulator which complements the KICKR Smart Trainer, ‘adding realistic physical grade changes to trainer sessions’.
Lionel Sanders joins three-time Wildflower Triathlon Champion Heather Jackson, and two-time IRONMAN World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Jan Frodeno in the Wahoo triathlete family, whose feedback ‘collectively plays a key role in the design and development of future Wahoo products, ensuring they are tailored to meet the needs of the most demanding professional athletes, and the most challenging races in the world.’
This insight will help to ensure Wahoo’s product suite remains best-in-class for triathletes with the highest performance standards.
“I already conduct every single one of my trainer rides on the Wahoo KICKR, while using the ELEMNT BOLT,” said Sanders. “But now that it’s official, I’m extremely excited to have access to the next level of Wahoo’s product ecosystem, like the KICKR CLIMB, which will enable me to optimize my training preparation for hilly courses with greater efficiency than ever before.”
Chip Hawkins, Wahoo Fitness CEO said, “Lionel Sanders has long been a huge inspiration to the Wahoo family, so it goes without saying how proud we are to now have him as a ‘Wahooligan’.
“His incredible performance on the bike is a testament to his dedication to indoor training, which makes him a perfect fit for all of Wahoo’s innovations within the KICKR, KICKR CLIMB, and the rest of our product ecosystem, which is optimized for those who demand nothing but the very best.”