By the time you read this, 5,500 triathletes plus a super-strong field of pros will be out tackling the iconic Challenge Roth iron-distance triathlon in Germany. Take a look at the picture and you’ll see why this race is such a huge one of the cicuit and a true bucket-list for many tri fans.
If you hurry, you can watch the race live here (started at 5:30 UK time but will last for 8 hours).
DATEV Challenge Roth celebrates 30 years of triathlon this year with a field of 5,500 athletes from over 60 nations, including the strongest pro field ever seen on the fast Bavarian course. Supported by over 220,000 spectators, Challenge Roth athletes are once again being treated to what organisers (and many racers) describe as the greatest triathlon on earth. See our review here.
The pro field features two world champions, Pete Jacobs and Mirinda Carfrae, both of Australia. They are joined by Luke McKenzie (AUS), James Cunnama (RSA), Eneko Llanos (ESP), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), European champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) and top German athletes Timo Bracht and Nils Frommhold.
Among the women, Rachel Joyce (GBR) will once again go head to head with Carfrae, joined by Yvonne van Vlerken, Caroline Steffen (SUI) and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) and Rebekah Keat (AUS) forming an absolute world-class field, together with the German top triathletes Anja Beranek (formerly Ippach) and Julia Gajer.
The competition starts with a 3.8 kilometres swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometres bike race and a final marathon of 42 kilometres. The race winner is expected to cross the finish-line in less than eight hours. The current world record – which was established in Roth– is 7:41:33, run by Andreas Raelert in 2011.
Full live coverage is available at www.challenge-roth.com from 6:00am.