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Quintana Roo’s PRsix Sweeps IRONMAN North American Championship

Author: Bryanna Hurley

Date: 04/28/2017

Chattanooga, TN (April 28, 2017) – Quintana Roo (QR) marked its 30th anniversary of manufacturing award-winning, high performance triathlon bicycles last weekend when QR-sponsored, U.S. 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, TX 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.

Hanson exited the water in the swim leg more than two minutes back of the 17-man pro field, but with a 4:13:53 bike split, Hanson upped his position in the race to fourth going into the marathon leg. “I definitely had a PR performance on the bike,” said Hanson after the race. “My coach and I had a strong race plan. Executing the plan was helped tremendously by QR and its onsite mechanics who made sure that no mechanical issues were going to arise on the course.” In addition to plan execution, Hanson attributes his success on the bike leg to the aerodynamic design of the PRsix, giving him a very efficient ride, ensuring that he wasn’t wasting any of the watts he was producing. He also utilized the adjustability of the PRsix so that he was able to get into an ideal position to stay comfortable throughout the entire ride.

Robertson and her PRsix had to chase down Lauren Brandon who had a 14-minute lead coming out of the water.  Robertson recorded the fastest female bike split of 4:43:45 and got nine minutes closer to Brandon.  “The IMTX bike course is right up my alley,” said Robertson in her post-race report.  “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.  Continuing with her race report, “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 did not 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!”  Coming into T2 5:40 behind Brandon, Robertson kicked in her marathon experience and caught Brandon at mile 10 for the win.

Quintana Roo’s multi-award-winning PR Series– PRsix, PRfive and the PRthree – has been recognized by a variety of publications and trade organizations including: LAVA magazine as Editor’s Pick for Gear of the Year (PRsix, PRfive) and the Interbike/Triathlon Business International Triathlon Innovation of the Year Award (PRfive). The PR Series bikes are renowned for their design innovation, aero technology, power-to-weight ratio and components compatibility.

About American Bicycle Group/Quintana Roo

Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Bicycle Group manufactures leading-edge, high performance bikes under two brands: Litespeed (road, mountain and gravel bikes) and Quintana Roo (triathlon-specific bikes). Quintana Roo is one of the few bicycle companies in the world entirely devoted to triathlon bikes. Wind-tunnel tested and pushing the boundaries for speed, stability and handling, the Quintana Roo PRsix is a bona fide triathlon superbike ridden by IRONMAN, pros and recreational triathletes who race to win. The PRfive was named 2016 Interbike Triathlon Innovation of the Year, and the PRfive and PRsix models were designated as LAVA magazine’s Editor’s Pick Gear-of-the-Year for Bike Technology in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

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