Challenge Roth

Race Date: Sunday, 07/07/2019
Race Distance: Tri - Ironman

Challenge Roth is Europe’s most iconic triathlon, starting with a 3.8km swim in the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, followed by a 179km cycle on silky smooth Bavarian roads and finishing with a 42km run around the small town of Roth. The event attracts 3,500 triathletes (plus 650 relay teams), including many of the world’s fastest professionals, and over 250,000 spectators. The Solarer Berg hill climb (tackled twice during the bike course) is completely nuts, like a scene from Alpe d’Huez in the Tour de France – check out the videos on the interweb. After the recent hot weather in Germany (it was 38°C five days before the race and 30°C the day before the race) we were lucky that the temperature “only” reached 24°C on race day. The run finishes in a 10,000 capacity stadium; the last finishers at 11pm get the warmest welcome home with a packed stadium in party mood (well lubricated after a long day on the local beer) and a very impressive fireworks display. Unfortunately Pete M was unable to finish the run due to an injury sustained prior to the race, but he did get a free ride on a medical boat along the canal back to the race HQ. Great to catch up with former Windmiler Carl who moved to Germany a couple of years ago. Carl’s split times – 3.8km swim: 1:11:13, 179km bike: 5:00:05, 42km run: 3:20:06. Pete’s split times – 3.8km swim: 1:11:57, 179km bike: 5:52:07. David’s split times – 3.8km swim: 57:49, 179km bike: 4:49:39, 42km run: 3:13:23.