On Sunday 20 July, DATEV Challenge Roth will celebrate 30 years of triathlon in Roth 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, the organisers note that Challenge Roth athletes will once again be a part of ‘the greatest triathlon on earth’.
The pro field will feature two world champions, Pete Jacobs and Mirinda ‘Rinny’ 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 Rinny Carfrae, joined by Yvonne van Vlerken, Caroline Steffen (SUI) and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) and Rebekah Keat (AUS) forming a world-class field, together with the German top triathletes Anja Beranek (formerly Ippach) and Julia Gajer.
The competition will start with a 3.8K swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180K bike and a final marathon of 42K. 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.
DATEV Challenge Roth is also ‘a great family festival with a huge surrounding programme’, such as the Triathlon Expo at the Roth Triathlon Park and the Finish-Line Party at night. The DATEV Challenge Roth event begins at 06.30 CET on 20 July, with the swim start at the Hilpoltstein landing stage, and will have its grand finale at about 22:45 at the Roth Triathlon Stadium with a big fireworks display.