Dang near as cool as Ironma Hawaii!

Report for Challenge Roth

From the website:
Legendary mother of the Challenge Family global series and the world's largest long distance triathlon.
Five reasons to race:
1) One of the oldest and most legendary triathlon events in the world;
2) Premium race of the highest quality;
3) Field of top international stars together with age groupers from more than 60 nations worldwide;
4) Legendary welcome given to the athletes;
5) Big triathlon festival for the whole family.
Since the mid 1980s Roth and triathlon have become as inseparably linked as Munich and its Oktoberfest. Challenge Roth is without doubt the 'heart of the triathlon' and attracts not only the biggest names in the sport but also 5,000 athletes from 60 nations and 180,000 spectators making it the largest long- distance triathlon event in the world. Roth is renowned for its thousands of enthusiastic spectators lining the course with hotspots such as the Beer Mile and the famous Solar Hill where athletes can hear the crowd before they see them. Up to 30,000 people line this famous hill you can't see the road for the people but as each cyclist approaches, the crowds separate like the parting of the Red Sea and the athletes are carried up the hill on the noise alone!
The event is also renowned for the support it receives from the community - over 4,000 volunteers and 200,000 spectators combine to create the famous Challenge atmosphere that is recreated the world over at other Challenge Family races.It helps to explain why every long-distance triathlete from all over the world wants to start at least once in his life at Challenge Roth because here dreams come true, and here you can experience famous feeling and passion for the sport together as triathlon's true family.

Location:
Triathalon Park Roth

Roth, DEU

Event Age: This event started in 2001

Overall

Dang near as cool as Ironma Hawaii!

Overall Report Topic Feedback
Event was organized
Event amenities (toilets, expo, start & finish area)
Event is friendly for people new to the sport
There is a lot to do in the area (sightseeing, shopping, etc.)
Scenic beauty of the course
Competitive field
I traveled from out of town for this event
I plan on doing this race again
I would recommend this race to a friend
Why did I select this event?: This race is a legend. It is a bucket list item!!!
My Training:
Comments:

Swim Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this swim, compared to other events of the same distance and type?
The water quality was high with clear water and good visibility.
The swim course was well marked and safe, with adequate lifeguards.
Did you wear a wet suit?
I found the water to be calm and flat with little current or chop.
Comments: Great swim, be aware that the latter waves go WAY later!

Bike Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this ride compared to other rides of the same distance and type (hills, wind, etc.)?
The ride was technically challenging.
The bike course was well marked and safe with adequate traffic control (if applicable).
The riding surface was relatively clean and smooth with minimal obstructions such as loose gravel, potholes, roots, and such.
There were adequate and well stocked aid stations on the bike course.
Comments: Be aware that the aid station on the BIG climb is half way up!

Run Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this run compared to other runs of the same distance and type?
The run was technically challenging.
The run course was well marked and safe with adequate traffic control (if applicable).
The running surface was relatively clean and smooth with minimal obstructions such as loose gravel, potholes, roots, and such.
Comments: Mentally challenging, maybe not too tough from a course perspective

Transitions Feedback
The transition area was setup in an efficient and organized manner.
The transition was secure and all gear was looked after.
Comments: Aid station volunteers were amazing - I felt like I was a pro!

Closing Comments
Final comments: Absolutely one of the best racing days of my life!
Feedback:

Race Tips

  1. Be read for a long walk after the race - so try to plan for a ride or to stay close
  2. Try taking the shuttle on race morning - it's quick an EASY but parking is far from finish
  3. Bring some water while you are waiting to enter swim! it may be a while
  4. AT bike check in there is a very stringent check on helmet safety!
  5. Course officials will walk the T1 area before the race to make sure your helmet is in place and not broke

My Results

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