Always dreamed of racing the iconic iron-distance Challenge Roth but forever too late on the keyboard?! Well, you could be in with a better shot with this month’s incredible subscriber-only competition, as we’ve managed to secure a race spot to the SOLD-OUT (it sold out in a record 59 seconds) Challenge Roth on 7 July 2019, including VIP access. Oh yes!
Challenge Roth is the race where records are broken and speed legends made. Yes, Kona has more history and prestige, but for its atmosphere, crowds in excess of 200,000, community involvement and spectacle, Roth is a triathlon like no other. The race is the talk of the Bavarian town for months ahead of the race and, come race week, doors are opened by local homestays to athletes from all over the world.
But the real fun begins at daybreak at the Main-Donau Kanal, where spectators flank the canal banks and bridge over the swim start. Onto the bike and the truly iconic Solarer Berg climb comes quickly. It’s triathlon’s noisiest, most raucous and greatest spectacle, with tens of thousands supporters cheering from the first athlete to the last.
Bier Mile follows on the 180km bike before the marathon run takes athletes out of town and, to a pumping Euro-pop soundtrack, back into the huge amphitheatre-come-finishing chute. The final athlete before the 15hr cut-off is welcomed as loudly as the first, with a huge fireworks display to follow.