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Challenge Roth 2019 (July 7th) – Seedings

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  • June 25th: There have been a few withdrawals and additions.

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
3 102 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
4 104 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
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
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
5 103 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
6 114 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
7 108 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
8 113 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
9 115 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)
10 106 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
11 112 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)
  • Sarah Crowley: 33% (2-1)
  • Laura Siddall: 9% (10-1)
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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    

Roth Royalty: Daniela Sämmler

This is an excerpt from my “2018 Roth Rating Report”. You can download your copy here.

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Daniela is the only German woman on the Pro startlist, so she carries the hopes for the first home country win since Nicole Leder in 2004. That goal is likely a bit too hard to achieve, so maybe a better goal is to be the first German lady on the podium since Anja Beranek in 2015.

Based on the previous results, Dani should be slightly behind the big four that will think about the win (Lucy, Kaisa, Laura, and Yvonne). While her swim and bike are strong enough to keep her with these, the marathons she’s been running were a bit slower than for example Kaisa. But Dani will have higher goals than riding with the others and then seeing them run away from her. She should swim a bit faster than the others (except for Lucy), and I’m looking forward to see her extend that gap on the bike, maybe even reducing the gap to Lucy. She has shown in Hamburg that her run is improving, and another step forward could see her run a sub-3:05 marathon. If she’s able to do that, a podium finish would be within reach, and a new IM-distance PR as well.


DaniHamburgThorsten: After your results in the last years, you can probably have a different target than when you raced in Roth in your earlier years. What have you learned in your earlier races in Roth?

Daniela: Of course every Pro athlete targets to finish as far forward as possible and dreams about winning races. I have worked hard in the last years and have been steadily improving. I’m sure that I haven’t shown my best yet. I’m well prepared this year and my build races at the Ironman 70.3s in Marbella and Kraichgau show that I should be on the list of those to watch.
DATEV Challenge Roth is a highlight of every triathlon season and a race with a long history. The atmosphere is very special and every year the race attracts a strong field. I’m going to focus on my own race and we’ll have to see at the end of the day what that’s going to be worth. Other than knowing the course and knowing a lot of people along the course, I don’t have any advantages over the “Roth rookies” .. but maybe these will make a difference 😉

T: Do you mainly have time-based goals or are you looking to place well?

D: One thing implies the other. It’ll be hard to place well without a fast time. I’m targeting a new PR [currently 8:55:11 from Barcelona 2017] and if everything goes right, I’d love to set a new German record [currently 8:47:26 by Sandra Wallenhorst from Austria 2008]. But I will mainly focus on my own strengths.

T: Behind Lucy there could be a larger group of strong bikers. Do you see yourself riding in that group?

D: I don’t plan my race by looking at others, and I don’t plan to ride in a group. I have worked hard on my swim and want to minimize the time I lose to the front. I have also made progress in the run and was able to show that on the half distance races this year. Of course I want to prove that in the marathon and I’m optimistic to run faster than last year [she won IM Hamburg with a 3:08 run split], but it’s going to be a long day and a lot can happen …

T: Just four weeks after Roth you want to defend your title at IM Hamburg. Is that going to be on your mind when racing in Roth?

D: When I do my best to prepare for Roth then that will also help for Hamburg, so it’s been some extra motivation. But I’m always focused on the next race, Roth comes first and for now I’m 100% focused on Roth.

(Photo: Dani winning IM Hamburg. Credit: TriRating)

Roth Royalty: Sebastian Kienle

This is an excerpt from my “2018 Roth Rating Report”. You can download your copy here.

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Sebi is one of the biggest names in long-distance triathlon and he has always been great in his summer IMs, winning three of the last four IM Germany’s in Frankfurt and improving his run PR down to a 2:44:12. He has developed into a superb marathon runner that can play more cards than just his fantastic bike leg.

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While he is still looking to regain the winning formula in Kona, it’s hard to see him not win in the milder environment of summer Germany. It can be hot on race day, but the humidity and relentless sun in Kona are another level. The wetsuit swim in Roth should help to minimize the time he has to make up in the first part of the bike, there won’t be a huge group just “waiting” for the bike superpowers to show up. In Roth only Cam Wurf might be able to match him on the bike (and maybe Andi Dreitz), and with the rolling course it’s unlikely that someone else manages to stick with him when he moves through the field. And he has shown in Frankfurt that by now he is also able to win races on the run, even against athletes running well. So unless some unforeseen drama occurs, Sebi has the best chances to win Roth 2018.

(Photo: Sebi on the bike at Challenge Samorin. The image is property of James Mitchell. Prior permission must be sought before usage, please contact james@jamesmitchell.eu.)


Thorsten: You’ve raced Roth twice to kick off your long-distance racing career in 2010 and 2011. What impression has Roth made on you?

Sebastian: These are special memories, especially since those were my first two long races. Long-distance racing is always intense, all the spectators in Roth, and the first sub-8 of an Iron-rookie .. that was craziness. Roth ticks all the boxes, it has been able to keep a “family feeling” while being very professional.

T: By racing and winning Cozumel in November you would have been able to completely change your summer schedule and your lead up into Kona. But it seems you haven’t changed all that much, only racing Roth instead of Frankfurt?

S: Of course we discussed not doing an IM in the summer but it’s always been working well for me. We will make some changes mainly after Roth. Currently I plan not to race 70.3 Championships. In the past it wasn’t a problem leading into Kona, but with the race in South Africa it’s logistically a lot more complicated, and I want to be in Kona five weeks before the race. Maybe I’ll do 70.3 Santa Cruz on the way to Kona.

T: How did the MTB race in South Africa [Cape Epic, a seven-day world class MTB event] fit your prep?

S: It was a risk, and maybe one I shouldn’t have taken looking back. But it fit the training schedule, especially for the strength on the bike. In the end there are some decisions you have to make with your heart, and after a decade of racing professionally I wanted to do a race just because I would enjoy it.

T: You’ve finished second in your half-distance races this year, both times you were beaten by Lionel Sanders.

S: I was okay with St. George, looking at the results I’m still getting better and also in relation to Lionel. Samorin was different, when you’re so close to winning the race you want to wrap things up. I was well prepared and there are certainly positive takeaways, but to be honest the main thing I’ll remember is being “#2” in the results.

T: What’s the goal for Roth? Are you looking for records or mainly winning the race?

S: I want to take the win, but to do so in Roth you will need a quick time. But I don’t think a world record will be needed.

T: It seems that IM Frankfurt one week after Roth will be a big “German showdown” with Patrick Lange, Jan Frodeno and Andi Böcherer. Would you like to have been there as well?

S: Of course I’m really sad, but there will be another chance in October. I’ll be in Frankfurt as the “expert” doing commentary for German television and really looking forward to that. The female field in Frankfurt is also excellent this year.

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