Virtual racing will remain part of the Ironman race mix in 2021 – the company has announced a new Ironman VR All-Terrain Series and two Ironman VR Championship Series events that will offer 100 qualifying slots (50 at each race) for the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah, USA.
“The new series will consist of six months of training-length challenges highlighting some of the best geographic elements that Ironman and Ironman 70.3 courses have to offer,” the company said in a press release. “Themes including ‘Flat and Fast,’ ‘Coastal,’ ‘Urban,’ ‘Athlete’s Choice,’ ‘Countryside’ and ‘Alpine’ terrains are all designed to provide Ironman VR athletes a comprehensive and realistic approach to their virtual training experience.”
The series will offer a rotating schedule of sprint-, Olympic- and half-distance virtual races based on the month’s theme – March will start things off with the “Flat and Fast” courses like Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, Ironman Western Australia, Ironman 70.3 Davao and Ironman 70.3 Lahti Finland. The final month of the program will feature the “Alpine” themed races.
VR Championship Series
Athletes will have the chance to compete for a spot at the 70.3 worlds in St. George, Utah in two “championship” VR races on the weekends of April 22 to 25 and May 20 to 23. To be eligible for a spot in St. George athletes must have done an Ironman, Ironman 70.3 or Ironman VR event, meet the “eligibility requirements and agree to comply with all specified race requirements and rules.” Racers will have to complete all three segments within 12 hours.