Lionel Sanders

Lionel Sanders


Time trial specialist and former Ironman world record holder (Arizona, 2017) Lionel Sanders training methodology is unique in that the Canadian athlete conducts nearly all of his bike sessions on an indoor trainer. Given the connectivity, signature flywheel technology and unrivaled realistic ride-feel of Wahoo’s category-leading KICKR Smart Trainer, Wahoo is proud to support Sanders in his training efforts.


"I already conduct every single one of my trainer rides on the Wahoo KICKR, while using the ELEMNT BOLT,” says Wahoo’s newest athlete Lionel 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,”



Lionel Sanders
  • 1st place, Ironman Arizona (2017, 2016, 2015)
  • 1st place, ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships (2017)
  • 2nd place, Ironman World Championship (2017)
  • 1st place, Mont Tremblant 70.3 (2017, 2016, 2015)
  • 1st place, Oceanside 70.3 (2017, 2016)
  • 4th place, 70.3 World Championships (2014)

Q&A with Lionel Sanders

Q: What makes you a Wahooligan?

A: I do every single one of my bike rides on the Wahoo KICKR and using the ELEMNT BOLT!

Q: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

A: My biggest accomplishment was learning to love the water. As a weak swimmer, often times, the water can be kind of dreadful in a triathlon but over the years my perspective has grown and improved. Now, I would say, that the swim is my favourite of the 3 disciplines!

Q: What do you consider your biggest professional accomplishment to date?

A: 2nd place in Kona, 2017

Q: Do you have any race day rituals?

A: I try to stay calm and centered and remind myself how big of a privilege it is and why I deserve to do well since I trained so hard.

Q: What are three training tip you would recommend to athletes?

A: 1. Recover as hard as you train
2. Training at race pace does not make race pace easier, training well above and below race pace makes race pace easier
3. There are no bad races, only bad perspectives. There is always something to learn and to grow from.

Q: What inspires and what motivates you to keep pushing and striving for personal greatness?

A: Personally, I am just interested in finding out what is possible for me, what my personal limits are, and I'm nowhere near that yet. Through this endeavor, I hope to inspire others to do the same!

Q: What do you love about Wahoo?

A: The power that the unit produces is very lifelike and accurate. The user interface is also very intuitive and easy to use. There are so many features that I thought I wouldn't use, then wished I had them, only to find out that they were already there. The company is also always looking to improve current technology. Sky's the limit!