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Challenge Roth 2019 – Analyzing Results

RothLogoCourse Conditions

Compared to other years, 2019 was a slot year for Roth: A non-wetsuit swim for the Pros (very unusual for Roth) and wet roads after some light rain in the morning led to times roughly 6 minutes slower than last year.

Male Race Results

Jesper Svensson was the fastest swimmer, but a “group of three Andi/Andys” was lighting up the slippery bike course – not even allowing uber-biker Cameron Wurf to catch up to them. On the run, both Andy Potts and Andi Böcherer fell back, but Andi Dreitz had a great 2:51 marathon that allowed him to post the only sub-8 finish of the day and to take the win by three minutes.

Roth Andi

Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Jesper Svensson had the fastest swim of the day and fell back a bit on the bike, but then was able to move back into second place with a 2:48 marathon. Third place went to Cameron Wurf who posted a new run PB – his 2:50 marathon was 11 minutes quicker than last year and allowed him to hold the place he had in T2.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:51:28 04:13:12 02:51:11 07:59:02 -08:40 EUR 14,000
2 Jesper Svensson SWE 00:48:27 04:22:30 02:48:43 08:02:20 -07:10 EUR 7,000
3 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:54:38 04:15:53 02:50:37 08:04:08 -05:27 EUR 3,500
4 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:56:11 04:17:57 02:47:49 08:04:48 -00:01 EUR 2,000
5 David McNamee GBR 00:50:21 04:31:39 02:41:01 08:05:50 -02:33 EUR 1,000
6 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:53:45 04:29:02 02:42:05 08:08:24 -10:30 EUR 900
7 Andy Potts USA 00:50:20 04:17:43 02:58:20 08:09:39 01:16 EUR 800
8 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:51:38 04:30:12 02:48:08 08:13:01 -12:33 EUR 700
9 Matthew Russell USA 00:57:23 04:25:35 02:52:06 08:18:11 04:41 EUR 600
10 Lukas Kraemer GER 00:56:05 04:26:18 02:53:41 08:19:15 00:15 EUR 500
11 Christian Altstadt GER 00:56:10   02:55:09 08:21:12 -10:04  
12 Evert Scheltinga NED 00:51:34 04:30:04 02:58:01 08:22:39 05:35  
13 Pete Dyson GBR 00:57:47 04:28:48 02:57:01 08:26:26 -18:04  
14 Markus Hoermann GER 00:56:06 04:26:51 03:03:31 08:29:02 04:12  
15 Michael Kalb GER 00:53:37 04:37:31 03:02:23 08:36:44 n/a  
16 Johannes Moldan GER 00:56:03 04:29:02 03:10:04 08:37:58 00:44  
17 Jef Van Meirhaeghe BEL 00:58:49 04:26:26 03:09:06 08:38:14 n/a  
18 Carson Christen USA 00:54:08 04:40:47 03:02:50 08:40:40 -14:00  
19 Alexander Siegmund GER 01:00:20 04:36:40 03:00:42 08:40:57 n/a  
20 Simon Schwarz GER 00:58:28 04:34:20 03:06:00 08:41:54 -11:37  
21 Juan Bautista Nadal Clar ESP 00:57:40 04:45:08 02:57:11 08:42:57 n/a  
22 Rodrigo Romero Garcia de la Cadena MEX 00:56:08 04:50:07 03:02:09 08:53:07 n/a  
23 Guy Crawford NZL 00:51:35 04:39:17 03:27:32 09:02:35 10:41  
24 Benjamin Pernet FRA 00:49:40 04:33:54 03:35:37 09:03:10 02:25  
25 Douglas MacLean USA 01:01:46 04:57:55 02:57:20 09:04:45 01:49  
26 David Sharman GBR 00:57:49 04:49:39 03:13:23 09:05:12 n/a  
27 Simon Billeau FRA 00:58:12 04:23:59 03:51:32 09:17:25 32:19  
28 Thomas Naasz NED 01:02:02 04:56:22 03:20:33 09:22:01 18:26  
29 Andi Boecherer GER 00:51:34 04:13:11 04:27:42 09:35:40 1:38:50  
30 Luiz Feliz ESP 01:07:37 04:58:20 04:14:17 10:25:44 1:34:43  
  Braden Currie NZL 00:50:16 04:28:13   DNF    
  Marcus Woellner GER 00:51:37 04:36:49   DNF    
  Vicenc Castella Serra ESP 01:01:58     DNF    

Female Race Results

On the female side, it was Lucy Charles who had an all-around good day, posting the fastest swim (of course!) and also the fastest run – er 2:59 was her first sub-3 marathon in a full-distance race. (She was ten seconds quicker at the shortened-swim IM South Africa earlier this year.) She was delighted to claim the top spot this year after finishing second last year.

Roth Lucy

Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Sarah Crowley was losing time to Lucy in all three legs but was able to claim a solid second, posting a new personal best overall and on the marathon and claiming second place. Just a week after her DNF in Frankfurt, Daniela Bleymehl also posted a new PR (15 seconds quicker than last year’s winning time in Roth). She was working hard on the second loop of the bike to make up time to the Lucy and maybe put some ground between her and the stronger runners in her group. A solid 3:06 marathon saw her finish on the final podium spot.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR 00:49:01 04:39:20 02:59:42 08:31:09 -18:00 EUR 14,000
2 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:54:38 04:40:13 03:00:02 08:38:11 -16:21 EUR 7,000
3 Daniela Bleymehl GER 00:58:03 04:36:17 03:06:06 08:43:17 -22:42 EUR 3,500
4 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 00:54:41 04:42:59 03:08:17 08:48:49 n/a EUR 2,000
5 Carolin Lehrieder GER 00:54:36 04:40:26 03:17:13 08:55:13 -25:57 EUR 1,000
6 Rachel McBride CAN 00:54:29 04:43:46 03:24:50 09:06:47 -18:51 EUR 900
7 Els Visser NED 00:58:21 04:49:10 03:17:31 09:07:49 -16:15 EUR 800
8 Anja Ippach GER 00:54:33 04:42:53 03:43:14 09:23:58 09:54 EUR 700
9 Lina-Kristin Schink GER 01:11:31 04:52:25 03:18:23 09:27:41 -21:07 EUR 600
10 Tara Grosvenor GBR 01:02:57 05:05:28 03:17:09 09:29:01 n/a EUR 500
11 Antonina Reznikov ISR 01:18:57 04:54:19 03:13:19 09:31:16 -26:58  
12 Vanessa Pereira POR 01:08:30 05:01:06 03:22:43 09:37:59 -34:47  
13 Gemma Frost GBR 00:58:24 05:03:05 03:38:44 09:44:33 n/a  
14 Simona Krivankova CZE 01:08:21 05:17:17 03:15:38 09:46:09 14:51  
15 Kristin Lie NOR 01:11:35 05:35:04 03:34:34 10:25:37 20:20  
16 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 00:58:33 05:26:41 05:00:40 11:33:22 1:31:42  
  Lisa Roberts USA 01:08:57     DNF    

Challenge Roth 2019 – How the Race Might Unfold

Based on my seedings for Roth, I discuss the chances of the main athletes and how this year’s race for the Roth titles might develop.

Female Race


Roth Women

Here’s a look at some of the athletes in the female race:

  • Similar to last year, Lucy Charles will be in the lead for most of the time. She should have a lead of about five minutes after the swim, and that lead should be pretty much unchanged for the rest of the day. Will she be able to take the win in Roth this year?
  • Behind Lucy, there are (at least) two strong bike riders: Sarah Crowley and Anja Ippach. It’ll be interesting to see if they will be able to eat into Lucy’s lead on the bike and also on the run. On the run, Sarah is the strongest based on previous results, but based on paper she should be able to take back more than a few minutes from Lucy. But I also didn’t expect anyone to challenge Lucy in last year’s race …
  • There are some more solid swim/bikers in the race: Rachel McBride, Carolin Lehrieder and Els Visser might join the main chasers on the bike after a good swim. But all of them would also need a breakthrough run to be able to contend for a podium slot.
  • The best runner in the field is probably Lisa Roberts, she could run well under three hours. But typically she is far behind the action after the swim and bike, probably around 30 minutes behind Lucy in T2. But you can expect Lisa to run through the field and when other athletes struggle, maybe even put herself into podium contention late in the run.

Update July 5th: Defending champion Daniela Bleymehl has announced that she will also start Roth 2019. Expect her to swim and bike at a similar level to Sarah Crowley and Anja Ippach before it’ll probably come down to who’s going to have the best run legs.

Male Race

As is typical, the men’s race in Roth is expected to be a lot tighter.


Roth Men

Here’s an overview of what might happen:

  • With the number of athletes, the swim in Roth doesn’t break up quite as much as other, tougher swims. So even though on paper there are around four minutes between the fastest swimmer (probably Jesper Svensson) and Cam Wurf, the gaps might be a lot smaller or Cam (with an improved swim) might even be able to stay with the front group as he was able to last year.
  • With the hot temperatures in Germany and some issues with the close-by lock (that usually mixes in some cold ground water into the canal), the swim is likely going to be non-wetsuit – typically favoring the stronger swimmers.
  • On the bike, there are three athletes that are nominally a good deal faster than the rest of the field: Andi Böcherer, Andi Dreitz and Cam Wurf should build a gap of almost ten minutes to the rest of the field. Tactics will play a role whether there’s going to be a lead group (and for how long), if everyone will be riding on their own or if someone else decides to go with the front group.
  • Among these three, Andi Böcherer should be the strongest runner, and I expect him to run well under 2:50 in Roth. But Andi Dreitz and especially Cam Wurf will want to show that their Ironman marathon has improved since last year: Andi D ran a 2:50 to take second place, Cam’s 3:01 saw him drop back into fifth place after leading in T2.
  • The stronger runners in the field will have to work hard on the bike in order to keep the gap to the front in manageable dimensions. It’ll take a huge effort even by strong runners such as Braden Currie, Bart Aernouts or David McNamee to put much more than five minutes into Andi B, but even when they are ten minutes back in T2 they’ll still be in the mix for a top finish. Expect some late changes in the podium ranks!

Challenge Roth 2019 (July 7th) – Seedings

RothLogo Updates:

  • July 5th: Defending champion Daniela Bleymehl is an exciting, last-minute addition to the female field.
  • June 25th: There have been a few withdrawals and additions.

Also have a look at my post on “How The Race Might Unfold” based on these seedings.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2005 Chris McCormack (AUS) 07:58:45 Belinda Granger (AUS) 09:14:06
2006 Chris McCormack (AUS) 08:00:52 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 09:01:17
2007 Chris McCormack (AUS) 07:54:23 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 08:51:55
2008 Patrick Vernay (NCL) 08:09:34 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 08:45:48
2009 Michael Goehner (GER) 07:55:53 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 08:31:59
2010 Rasmus Henning (DEN) 07:52:36 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 08:19:13
2011 Andreas Raelert (GER) 07:41:33 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 08:18:13
2012 James Cunnama (ZAF) 07:59:59 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 08:45:04
2013 Dirk Bockel (LUX) 07:52:01 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 08:40:35
2014 Timo Bracht (GER) 07:56:00 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 08:38:53
2015 Nils Frommhold (GER) 07:51:28 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 08:50:53
2016 Jan Frodeno (GER) 07:35:39 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 08:22:04
2017 Bart Aernouts (BEL) 07:59:07 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 08:40:03
2018 Sebastian Kienle (GER) 07:46:23 Daniela Bleymehl (GER) 08:43:42

Last Race’s TOP 3

The full results analysis from last year’s race can be found here.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 00:47:59 04:07:29 02:47:45 07:46:23
2 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:47:50 04:11:47 02:50:20 07:53:06
3 Jesse Thomas USA 00:47:51 04:19:04 02:44:52 07:54:38

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Daniela Bleymehl GER 00:54:43 04:41:44 03:04:10 08:43:42
2 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR 00:46:48 04:45:47 03:08:04 08:43:51
3 Kaisa Sali FIN 00:56:26 04:47:04 03:00:04 08:46:49

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:35:39 Jan Frodeno 2016-07-17
Swim overall 00:43:35 Michael Pruefert 1997-07-13
Bike overall 04:05:37 Cameron Wurf 2018-07-01
Run overall 02:36:49 Luc Van Lierde 1997-07-13
Total female 08:18:13 Chrissie Wellington 2011-07-10
Swim female 00:46:48 Lucy Charles-Barclay 2018-07-01
Bike female 04:31:29 Daniela Ryf 2016-07-17
Run female 02:44:35 Chrissie Wellington 2011-07-10

Course Rating

The Course Rating for Challenge Roth is 20:42.

Race Adjustments for Challenge Roth

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2005 23:15 01:13 12:48 09:15 28 23:15 01:13 12:48 09:15
2006 18:52 02:11 10:48 05:54 41 21:04 01:42 11:48 07:34
2007 29:56 02:11 16:35 11:11 35 24:01 01:51 13:24 08:47
2008 25:59 03:10 12:13 10:36 40 24:31 02:11 13:06 09:14
2009 29:11 02:58 19:24 06:49 43 25:27 02:20 14:22 08:45
2010 20:31 01:55 11:13 07:23 43 24:37 02:16 13:50 08:32
2011 24:18 02:02 16:54 05:21 38 24:35 02:14 14:16 08:05
2012 14:09 02:45 06:58 04:27 50 23:16 02:18 13:21 07:37
2013 22:46 01:17 16:21 05:08 41 23:13 02:11 13:41 07:21
2014 08:34 00:02 12:32 -04:00 37 21:45 01:58 13:34 06:13
2015 19:21 01:41 12:55 04:45 44 of 56 21:32 01:57 13:30 06:05
2016 19:23 01:14 15:58 02:11 39 of 43 21:21 01:53 13:43 05:46
2017 14:36 -00:02 13:33 01:05 38 of 53 20:50 01:44 13:42 05:24
2018 19:03 01:40 12:46 04:37 31 of 39 20:42 01:44 13:38 05:21

Prize Money

Challenge Roth has a total prize purse of 62.000 EUR, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 53% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 3 Andi Boecherer (KQ) GER 07:51:28 08:10:38 00:46:06 04:13:02 05:04:08 02:47:20 54% +18% -28% (17) 5
2 12 Cody Beals (KQ) CAN 07:52:02 08:23:13 00:48:28 04:14:57 05:08:26 02:43:36 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (26)
3 4 Ben Hoffman (KQ) USA 07:52:11 08:13:30 00:46:55 04:15:51 05:07:46 02:44:25 34% +37% -30% (21) 7
4 6 Braden Currie (KQ) * NZL 07:54:27 08:15:54 00:45:58 04:20:34 05:11:32 02:42:55 62% +19% -19% (9) 8
5 1 Bart Aernouts (KQ) BEL 07:55:23 08:16:26 00:50:42 04:19:52 05:15:35 02:39:48 71% +24% -5% (14) 10
6 2 Andreas Dreitz (KQ) GER 07:56:04 08:19:11 00:47:43 04:12:04 05:04:48 02:51:16 70% +0% -30% (4) 12
7 10 David McNamee (KQ) GBR 07:59:03 08:20:02 00:46:32 04:25:45 05:17:16 02:41:47 41% +39% -21% (9) 16
8 5 Cameron Wurf (KQ) * AUS 07:59:29 08:21:11 00:49:04 04:07:56 05:02:00 02:57:29 81% +15% -4% (18) 19
9 8 Andy Potts (KQ) USA 08:01:15 08:20:07 00:46:22 04:21:32 05:12:54 02:48:21 97% +3% -0% (21) 17
10 28 Jesper Svensson (KQ) SWE 08:04:16 08:31:08 00:45:10 04:21:53 05:12:02 02:52:14 66% +0% -34% (3) (51)
11 15 Clemente Alonso McKernan (KQ) ESP 08:04:25 08:22:18 00:46:57 04:25:29 05:17:26 02:46:59 56% +3% -41% (18) 24
12 7 Evert Scheltinga NED 08:07:02 08:34:12 00:47:36 04:20:52 05:13:27 02:53:35 78% +0% -22% (8) 58
13 14 Matthew Russell * USA 08:07:28 08:27:52 00:52:56 04:21:08 05:19:04 02:48:24 49% +26% -25% (49) 41
14 9 Lukas Kraemer (KQ) GER 08:08:57 08:36:05 00:52:15 04:25:23 05:22:38 02:46:19 100% +0% -0% (3) (64)
15 13 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 08:11:53 08:30:36 00:48:55 04:29:41 05:23:36 02:48:17 58% +0% -42% (17) 49
16 47 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 08:16:48 08:42:33 00:49:32 04:34:05 05:28:37 02:48:11 48% +7% -45% (25) 88
17 22 Markus Hoermann GER 08:17:12 08:58:02 00:50:58 04:26:20 05:22:17 02:54:55 38% +0% -62% (2) (141)
18 23 Daniil Sapunov (KQ) UKR 08:19:00 08:46:29 00:47:12 04:33:17 05:25:29 02:53:31 55% +18% -27% (13) 101
19 11 Christian Altstadt GER 08:21:40 08:48:31 00:51:59 04:27:50 05:24:49 02:56:51 79% +0% -21% (5) 109
20 27 Erik-Simon Strijk NED 08:25:53 08:52:05 00:51:32 04:32:12 05:28:44 02:57:09 72% +1% -27% (12) 120
21 20 Johannes Moldan GER 08:31:53 09:11:09 00:49:29 04:27:18 05:21:48 03:10:05 11% +0% -89% (2) (183)
22 29 Bernd Hagen GER 08:35:11 09:04:59 00:54:39 04:40:34 05:40:13 02:54:58 87% +13% -0% (13) (166)
23 33 Guy Crawford NZL 08:37:24 09:10:21 00:48:29 04:26:01 05:19:30 03:17:54 43% +25% -32% (16) (180)
24 25 Simon Billeau FRA 08:38:17 08:58:28 00:53:51 04:27:38 05:26:30 03:11:47 62% +0% -38% (20) 141
25 34 Pete Dyson GBR 08:38:38 09:12:54 00:55:23 04:31:56 05:32:19 03:06:19 58% +0% -42% (2) (186)
26 31 Simon Schwarz GER 08:39:48 09:16:59 00:52:35 04:39:00 05:36:35 03:03:13 37% +0% -63% (2) (201)
27 19 Marcus Woellner GER 08:41:41 09:29:02 00:47:35 04:28:21 05:20:56 03:20:45 38% +62% -0% (2) (225)
28 36 Vicenc Castella Serra * ESP 08:43:05 09:06:44 00:55:38 04:46:22 05:46:59 02:56:06 100% +0% -0% (3) 169
29 44 Luiz Feliz ESP 08:47:42 09:22:34 01:01:07 04:36:37 05:42:44 03:04:58 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (212)
30 39 Carson Christen USA 08:48:48 09:23:44 00:50:57 04:44:42 05:40:39 03:08:09 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (215)
31 43 Thomas Naasz NED 08:53:43 09:22:38 00:55:40 04:48:43 05:49:23 03:04:20 87% +13% -0% (8) (212)
32 16 Benjamin Pernet FRA 08:55:11 09:30:33 00:48:29 04:40:53 05:34:22 03:20:49 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (228)
33 40 Douglas MacLean USA 08:56:31 09:21:32 00:56:59 04:51:23 05:53:23 03:03:08 98% +2% -0% (18) (210)
34 48 Evgeniy Nikitin RUS 09:18:22 10:21:19 00:50:00 05:04:48 05:59:49 03:18:33 8% +19% -73% (6) (262)
17 David Sharman GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
18 Alexander Siegmund GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
21 Christian Stoerzer GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
24 Juan Bautista Nadal Clar ESP n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
26 Matthias Raeke AUT n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
30 Pat Redner USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
32 Thomas Geiger GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
35 Arnaud Selukov FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
37 James Elgar GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
38 Michael Kalb GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
41 Rodrigo Romero Garcia de la Cadena MEX n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
42 Jef Van Meirhaeghe BEL n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
45 Alexander Bechtel GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
46 Markus May GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
49 Lukas Slatinsky CZE n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 18% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 100 Lucy Charles-Barclay (KQ) GBR 08:38:15 09:01:24 00:46:05 04:44:20 05:35:25 03:02:50 48% +52% -0% (6) 2
2 101 Sarah Crowley (KQ) AUS 08:43:13 09:06:57 00:51:14 04:44:44 05:40:58 03:02:15 56% +44% -0% (9) 6
3 3999 Daniela Bleymehl (KQ) GER 08:47:39 09:24:06 00:54:17 04:41:30 05:40:47 03:06:52 44% +24% -33% (14) 27
102 Laura Siddall (KQ) GBR 08:50:40 09:15:41 00:56:09 04:46:32 05:47:41 03:02:59 86% +12% -2% (20) 15
4 151 Anja Ippach GER 09:00:37 09:27:35 00:51:01 04:45:38 05:41:39 03:18:58 52% +3% -45% (13) 36
5 104 Lisa Roberts USA 09:03:31 09:24:18 01:02:27 05:00:10 06:07:37 02:55:54 90% +2% -9% (27) 28
6 118 Carolin Lehrieder GER 09:07:42 09:39:44 00:53:53 04:53:54 05:52:47 03:14:55 22% +22% -56% (15) 53
7 119 Els Visser (KQ) NED 09:08:04 09:42:58 00:56:15 04:49:54 05:51:09 03:16:55 55% +45% -0% (5) 58
8 103 Rachel McBride CAN 09:17:25 09:38:44 00:51:29 04:55:14 05:51:44 03:25:41 100% +0% -0% (7) 53
9 114 Simona Krivankova * CZE 09:21:43 09:51:12 01:03:57 05:02:37 06:11:34 03:10:09 94% +6% -0% (9) 75
10 108 Lina-Kristin Schink GER 09:30:11 10:08:25 01:06:16 05:05:30 06:16:45 03:13:26 31% +26% -42% (13) 91
11 113 Antonina Reznikov ISR 09:49:01 10:18:02 01:09:55 05:12:29 06:27:24 03:21:37 100% +0% -0% (2) 109
12 115 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 09:49:02 10:18:17 00:54:45 05:12:53 06:12:38 03:36:24 29% +3% -68% (31) (110)
13 106 Vanessa Pereira POR 09:49:46 10:32:53 01:00:25 05:19:14 06:24:39 03:25:07 35% +0% -65% (16) 122
14 112 Kristin Lie NOR 09:55:14 10:32:45 01:09:18 05:11:25 06:25:43 03:29:31 63% +1% -37% (17) (121)
105 Gemma Frost GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
107 Julia Ertmer GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
109 Elena Illeditsch GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
110 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
111 Tara Grosvenor GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
116 Alysha Krall USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
117 Elisabetta Curridori ITA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Ben Hoffman: 33% (2-1)
  • Bart Aernouts: 25% (3-1)
  • Andi Boecherer: 12% (7-1)
  • Braden Currie: 10% (9-1)
  • Cameron Wurf: 9% (10-1)
  • Andreas Dreitz: 5% (20-1)
  • David McNamee: 3% (32-1)
  • Cody Beals: 2% (56-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Lucy Charles-Barclay: 57% (1-1) 45% (1-1)
  • Daniela Bleymehl: 32% (2-1)
  • Sarah Crowley: 33% (2-1) 21% (4-1)
  • Laura Siddall: 9% (10-1)

Challenge Roth 2019 (July 7th) – Entry List

Prize Money

Challenge Roth has a total prize purse of 62.000 EUR, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

Name Nation
Bart Aernouts (KQ) BEL
Clemente Alonso McKernan (KQ) ESP
Michael Patrick Alonso Mckernan ESP
Christian Altstadt GER
Cody Beals (KQ) CAN
Simon Billeau FRA
Andi Boecherer (KQ) GER
Vicenc Castella Serra ESP
Carson Christen USA
Kevin Collington USA
Guy Crawford NZL
Braden Currie NZL
Alessandro Degasperi ITA
Andreas Dreitz (KQ) GER
Pete Dyson GBR
Luiz Feliz ESP
Rodrigo Romero Garcia de la Cadena MEX
Markus Hoermann GER
Ben Hoffman (KQ) USA
Michael Kalb DEU
Lukas Kraemer (KQ) GER
Rafael Lopez Ordonez ESP
Douglas MacLean USA
Charles Martin FRA
David McNamee (KQ) GBR
Johannes Moldan GER
Julian Mutterer GER
Thomas Naasz NED
Juan Bautista Nadal Clar ESP
Jens Petersen-Bach DEN
Andy Potts USA
Matthew Russell USA
Daniil Sapunov (KQ) UKR
Evert Scheltinga NED
Simon Schwarz GER
Erik-Simon Strijk NED
Jesper Svensson (KQ) SWE
Jef Van Meirhaeghe BEL
Marcus Woellner GER
Cameron Wurf (KQ) AUS

Female Race Participants

Name Nation
Lena Berlinger GER
Kate Bevilaqua AUS
Lucy Charles-Barclay (KQ) GBR
Sarah Crowley (KQ) AUS
Elisabetta Curridori ITA
Anna Eberhardt HUN
Gemma Frost GBR
Agnieszka Jerzyk POL
Kristin Lie NOR
Rachel McBride CAN
Vanessa Pereira POR
Laura Philipp (KQ) GER
Lisa Roberts USA
Lina-Kristin Schink GER
Laura Siddall (KQ) GBR

Challenge Roth 2018 – Analyzing Results

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Course Conditions

Weather reports in the days before the race sounded as if there could be perfect conditions, moderate temperatures and no wind. Race day turned out to be sunny and not too hot, but later in the day there was a good amount of wind from pretty unusual directions, creating tough days for the agegroupers. Most of the Pros had already completed the bike before the wind, and the bike times were quick (adjustment of 14:08) but not quite as fast as in previous years (last year was roughly two minutes quicker). The new run course saw the return of a one loop course that included long sections of crushed gravel along the canal. It was roughly three minutes quicker than in the last few years. Overall, the adjustment of 19:04 was back to the level of the 2015&16 races, while last year’s race was about 4 1/2 minutes slower.

With the great field this year there were a number of new course records set: Lucy Charles posted a new swim course record (46:48), she improved the old record set by Ute Mückel in 2005 (47:27), she was also the fastest swimmer overall. Then Cameron Wurf posted a new bike course record, his 4:05:37 was 2 1/2 minutes faster than the 4:08 Jan Frodeno biked when he set the world best in 2016. Sebi Kienle was also under the old record. 

Daniela Sämmler’s winning time of 8:43:42 was a new fastest time by a German female, improving on the IM Austria 2008 finish by Sandra Wallenhorst.

Male Race Results

Before the race, there were a lot of eyes on Sebastian Kienle. Especially in Germany, the Kona 2015 winner is a crowd favorite and he was working hard on many appearances to meet his many fans. Even with all that stress in the days leading up to the race, he performed well when it mattered. When no one was pushing the pace in the swim, he was able to stay with the lead group. Once on the bike, he was one of the few following Cam Wurf on his bike course ride. More and more athletes dropped away,  and at the start of the second loop he was the only one with Cam. By T2 he was just two minutes behind Cam but more than four minutes ahead of Andi Dreitz in third and around fifteen minutes ahead of the strong runners James Cunnama and Joe Skipper. Sebi took the lead just 4k into the run and ran very well until the end, building a lead of six minutes to take the win at Challenge Roth and complete his “personal Grand Slam” of winning Kona, 70.3 Champs, Ironman Frankfurt and now Challenge Roth.

Kienle ChallengeRoth ©JamesMitchell ActivImage

Second place went to Andreas Dreitz who lives just 50k away from Roth in what was only his second Ironman-distance race. Andi was also able to swim with the front group, but then he had an issue with his bike bottle that made him lose contact with the front group. After the race he said this might have been a good thing as he was then able to ride his own pace, continually losing more time to the front group that was getting smaller and smaller, and by T2 he was six minutes behind Cam and four minutes behind Sebi but in third place. He also ran well in the marathon, passing Cam and taking extra care to properly hydrate by walking the aid station. With a 2:50 marathon he was able to hold off the stronger runners behind him and took second place across the line.

Dreitz ChallengeRoth ©JamesMitchell ActivImage

There was a close for third place between Cameron Wurf (fastest bike split, eventually finishing fifth), Joe Skipper (fastest run split in fourth place) and Jesse Thomas who had more even splits than the other two and ended up in third. Jesse also swam in the front group and then was the only one riding with Cam and Sebi for the first loop of the bike. He had to take things a bit easier for the second loop, losing 13 minutes to Cam in the second 90k of the bike. But he had controlled his effort well, posting the second fastest marathon of the day.

Thomas ChallengeRoth ©JamesMitchell ActivImage 

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 00:47:59 04:07:29 02:47:45 07:46:23 -03:16 US$ 40,000
2 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:47:50 04:11:47 02:50:20 07:53:06 -00:39 US$ 25,000
3 Jesse Thomas USA 00:47:51 04:19:04 02:44:52 07:54:38 -15:46 US$ 15,000
4 Joe Skipper GBR 00:49:17 04:22:16 02:42:27 07:56:57 -11:54 US$ 7,000
5 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:47:59 04:05:37 03:01:42 07:58:17 -14:05 US$ 4,000
6 James Cunnama ZAF 00:47:55 04:22:21 02:46:04 07:59:15 -04:27 US$ 3,000
7 Evert Scheltinga NED 00:47:49 04:21:53 02:51:49 08:04:28 -07:25 US$ 2,500
8 Bryan McCrystal IRL 00:53:58 04:09:46 02:59:42 08:07:37 -34:38 US$ 1,500
9 Lukas Kraemer GER 00:52:17 04:25:28 02:47:45 08:08:21 -08:53 US$ 1,250
10 Paul Schuster GER 00:47:48 04:24:58 02:59:19 08:14:55 n/a US$ 750
11 Christian Altstadt GER 00:52:20 04:28:21 02:56:30 08:20:22 -06:28  
12 Sebastian Mahr GER 00:48:05 04:37:14 02:51:25 08:20:49 n/a  
13 Patrick Jaberg SUI 00:52:22 04:28:28 02:59:16 08:23:20 -08:15  
14 Jan Raphael GER 00:49:17 04:29:35 03:07:29 08:29:26 12:27  
15 Michael Goehner GER 00:52:17 04:28:41 03:07:27 08:31:20 04:19  
16 Marcus Woellner GER 00:47:49 04:30:33 03:17:45 08:38:57 -47:47  
17 Tjardo Visser NED 00:49:19 04:40:33 03:07:16 08:39:51 -12:30  
18 Bruno Pasqualini ITA 00:56:04 04:49:17 03:11:29 09:00:37 n/a  
19 Fraser Cartmell GBR 00:47:44 04:48:09 03:21:26 09:02:22 19:52  
20 Thomas Naasz NED 00:58:15 04:55:31 03:07:22 09:04:21 07:55  
21 Young Hwan Oh KOR 01:00:31 04:56:35 03:31:33 09:31:36 28:59  
22 Alfred Rahm GER 01:01:53 05:09:06 03:22:26 09:39:40 10:22  
23 Luis Henrique Ohde BRA 00:47:58 04:58:59 04:19:36 10:10:52 1:49:21  
  Marc Unger GER 00:49:15 04:26:26   DNF    
  Markus Hoermann GER 00:49:12 04:29:30   DNF    
  Niclas Bock GER 00:47:59 04:31:42   DNF    
  Sven Riederer SUI 00:47:50 04:36:01   DNF    
  Rick Steffen GER 01:07:28 04:48:25   DNF    
  Ivan Rana ESP 00:47:53     DNF    
  Sebastian Neef GER 00:47:56     DNF    

Female Race Results

Daniela Sämmler had come up with a strategy that would give her a chance against the super-swimmer Lucy Charles. Lucy was able to build a gap of eight minutes to Dani and even more to the other contenders.Once on the bike, Daniela kept Lucy’s lead in check and on the second loop slowly started to reduce the gap. She posted the fastest bike split and started the run just four minutes behind Lucy. Both were expected to run a similar marathon split, but Daniela continued to eat into Lucy’s lead and was able to take the lead at the final turnaround in Büchenbach. But Lucy never gave up and Dani was running the last 7k just a few seconds in front of Lucy. After the final meters in the finish stadium, both collapsed after the finish line, and Dani had won by a mere 9 seconds over Lucy – one of the closest finishes in a female long-distance race.

Sämmler ChallengeRoth ©JamesMitchell ActivImage

Charles ChallengeRoth ©JamesMitchell ActivImage

Third place went to Kaisa Sali. Kaisa didn’t quite have the swim she was looking for, starting the bike nearly ten minutes behind Lucy. She was riding for some time with Laura Siddall and Yvonne Van Vlerken and then put in a surge to maybe close the gap to Daniela. The gap came down to 1:30 but then Kaisa lost steam and fell back to the others. Kaisa started the run in fourth place just behind Yvonne, but quickly left her behind and started to work on reducing the gap to the front. Kaisa was the quickest runner in the female field, reducing the gap to just over two minutes by 30k. But then she had some intestinal issues and crossed the line in third place, three minutes behind Daniela.

Sali ChallengeRoth ©JamesMitchell ActivImage

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Daniela Saemmler GER 00:54:43 04:41:44 03:04:10 08:43:42 -23:45 US$ 40,000
2 Lucy Charles GBR 00:46:48 04:45:47 03:08:04 08:43:51 -05:20 US$ 25,000
3 Kaisa Sali FIN 00:56:26 04:47:04 03:00:04 08:46:49 -00:10 US$ 15,000
4 Laura Siddall GBR 00:56:25 04:49:00 03:00:35 08:48:42 -12:01 US$ 7,000
5 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 00:56:20 04:47:01 03:08:00 08:54:40 -01:20 US$ 4,000
6 Bianca Steurer AUT 00:56:22 04:52:57 03:10:39 09:02:44 -26:32 US$ 3,000
7 Karen Steurs BEL 01:00:02 05:08:18 03:17:15 09:29:43 n/a US$ 2,500
8 Lucie Zelenkova CZE 00:51:02 05:17:15 03:28:18 09:40:26 07:20 US$ 1,500
  Alicia Kaye USA 00:51:01 05:06:33   DNF    

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