The IRONMAN Group is excited to announce the acquisition of indoor virtual cycling app, FulGaz™, marking the company’s first major step towards delivering enhanced services to athletes throughout their entire athletic journey.
Following the success of the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, and Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ Virtual Racing Series, the world’s largest operator of mass participation sporting events will expand its offerings to the quickly evolving worldwide connected fitness community.
FulGaz brings unprecedented realistic outdoor experiences to cyclists as they train and compete indoors. The app already has a curated library of 1,500+ iconic and unique routes from over 40 countries. This is underpinned by cutting edge technology and 4K video content which truly brings these rides to life. The founder of FulGaz, Mike Clucas, and his team will bring their expertise to The IRONMAN Group aligning organizational strengths from leaders in both in-person and virtual endurance event and training experiences.
“The acquisition of FulGaz marks a milestone for The IRONMAN Group as we continue our growth and movement into the connected fitness space,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “We are uniquely suited to provide athletes a 360-degree experience using the innovations Mike and his team have created within FulGaz’s high-quality virtual riding technology. FulGaz’s emphasis on providing high-quality augmented reality experiences aligns with our connected fitness strategy and goals. We believe this acquisition will set us up for long-term success as we work to integrate this versatile platform into our portfolio of digital offerings.”
“FulGaz prides itself on the quality of our rides and the community we have built. For some time now, we have been looking for a way to expand FulGaz while keeping our focus firmly on those who matter the most to us—our community of athletes. Becoming part of The IRONMAN Group allows our team to continue to develop our product to the next level with the backing of a global partner that provides access to amazing events and passionate communities of athletes. Together, we will continue to capture the best rides from around the globe and offer the best indoor riding experience available,” said Mike Clucas founder of FulGaz and Vice President of Digital Sports for The IRONMAN Group. “By joining The IRONMAN Group, we are uniquely positioned to expand our current offerings to existing FulGaz users while changing the way multi-sport athletes train. For me personally, this is an opportunity to leverage my years of high-level triathlon and cycling coaching experience to help The IRONMAN Group expand its digital offerings and achieve its goals.”
In the coming months, subscribers will see hardware enhancements and the new partnership will greatly expand the FulGaz virtual events portfolio as the app enables users to discover real life event courses before they challenge themselves on race day, making the FulGaz platform the ideal tool for real-world event preparation. FulGaz has already done this successfully at all levels and is looking forward to working with a variety of global event partners.
The platform will bring the energy and the vibrancy of The IRONMAN Group’s vast array of live-events offerings into the digital space, while providing realistic and effective training options for seasoned and aspiring athletes alike.
“We have joined forces with FulGaz, a company that shares our passion and commitment to our athletes and their training journey,” said Roshanie Ross, Chief Digital Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “FulGaz brings a strong foundation on which to build our connected fitness offerings to prepare our athletes to have a successful race day.”
Founded in 2014 by Mike Clucas in Melbourne, Australia, FulGaz aims to bring the most realistic riding experience to life via its app. FulGaz is all about the joy of riding outside and aims to be the closest thing to travelling and riding in real locations around the world. When you use FulGaz, the experience is all about being immersed in the location in real life, with the app getting in the way as little as possible. All you need to do is get on your bike and enjoy the ride. For more details on FulGaz and its catalog of virtual cycling courses, visit https://fulgaz.com/.
About The IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and gravel racing like Gravel Epic®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.
Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.