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Roth Royalty: James Cunnama

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

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In any race he starts (even all the way up to Kona), James has to be considered among the favorites for the win, and if he’s on form, he’s likely the biggest competitor for Sebi in this year’s Roth race. He’s always been a good swimmer and should start the bike about two minutes ahead of Sebi. There are very few athletes that can match James on the bike – when he won IM Hamburg in 2017 no one was able to stick with him when he gently increased his pace at the start of the second bike loop. With Sebi, Cam Wurf and possibly Andreas Dreitz there are a few in the Roth field that might test his bike strength, but Roth is a good race to take some more risks. I also expect James to post one of the fastest run splits of the day, his 2:40 from Hamburg was the second fastest of 2017 (only Patrick Lange was quicker in his Kona win) and he was almost able to run down Sebi at the end of the marathon in Kona.

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However, James’ 2018 form is a bit of an unknown. At the end of 2017 he had a crash that resulted in fractured ribs; it has taken him some time to bounce back and he wasn’t able to race his home race, IM South Africa. In early May he won a South African half-distance triathlon, but so far hasn’t done any European races. He also still needs to validate his Kona slot by finishing an Ironman, but we’ve seen last year that he’s not worried about racing in August.

In short, if he’s on the start line, expect him to do well and finish at least on the podium.

(Photo: James 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.)

Roth Royalty: Yvonne Van Vlerken

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

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Yvonne is obviously the most experienced athlete in the female Pro field, and she has shown some great performances in Roth. In the last two years her Roth races didn’t quite go as planned but she still finished in third. A podium finish is likely the “base goal” for the crowd favorite, but she’s not the type of athlete to not go for the win.

While she’s probably the strongest woman on the bike, she’s always been a bit slower in the swim. That’s unlikely to have changed, but she’s strong enough to make up lost time in the early parts of the bike. The exception is of course going to be Lucy Charles, it’ll be interesting to see how much Yvonne is going to reduce the gap of likely nine minutes after the swim on the bike.

Yvonne Run Gran CanariaThe last two years Yvonne suffered on the run in Roth (3:11 in ’16, 3:20 in ’17). If she wants to catch Lucy, she’ll probably have to run close to 3 hours – the last time she has done that was in Barcelona 2015 when she ran with Kaisa for most of the marathon. The only time Yvonne has been off the podium in Roth, she finished in 8:59, and she has been consistently finishing around 8:50. Anyone who wants to beat her on her favorite course has to be prepared to go faster than that.

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


Thorsten: You’ve had a lot of success at Challenge Roth, but the last two years you didn’t have the races you were looking for. How do you feel going into this year’s race?

Yvonne: Yes, Challenge Roth has always been my favorite and will continue to be so. Last year I had a serious crash at Challenge Heilbronn just before Roth and with lingering injuries I didn’t feel good before the race. Two years ago I’ve had some stomach issues. It’s about time for the next good result here in Roth! Being on the start line is very special for me: Challenge Roth was my first long-distance race and it’s going to be the last one for Yvonne Van Vlerken. I’m going to get married in July, two weeks after Roth, so I won’t be racing as Van Vlerken anymore!

T: Last season you and Per spent the Northern Hemisphere winter in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. How did this year’s winter and spring look like?

Y: This year we didn’t travel far, we were for a few weeks on Lanzarote (my favorite island!), two not very nice weeks on Mallorca and the rest of the time at home. It wasn’t quite as luxurious, in addition I was sick for a few weeks starting with Mallorca. Unfortunately a trip to Boulder didn’t fit our schedule, but Siri [Yvonne is coached by Siri Lindley] and I are in regular contact via the Internet or telephone. But even if my prep wasn’t quite a smooth as in other years, the first races felt really good.

I’ve entered IM Lanzarote just before the list closed, but I’ve had some problems with the salt water during the swim. Usually the women Pro start is pretty relaxed with just 10 to 20 athletes, but Lanzarote is a mass start and I’ve swallowed much more water than in other races. I really like the island and the bike course, but I’m not going to race there again.

T: What are our goals for this year’s Roth?

Y: To be honest I have always been chasing records and sub-9 finishes, but recently fast times seem to be more important than exact distances, I just have to mention Challenge Rome and Ironman Texas. So the value of fast times is diminished and this isn’t good for our sport. My goal this year is to have a good race for myself, and to have as close to perfect day as possible – then the result will take care of itself.

I know I still have a lot in me, and even if I’ve already been doing our wonderful sport for quite some time, I’m still improving. I recover quicker, can race more often and am still getting faster on the swim and run. The “young girls” shouldn’t underestimate me, I now have the full package of performance, experience, know-how, passion and love for our sport. And I still feel pretty young myself!
The field in Roth is always one of the strongest and it won’t be easy to get onto the podium – but that’s where I would like to finish.

T: How do you see the female race this year? Lucy is likely going off the front with her strong swim, but you could be in a group of fast cyclists chasing her.

Y: Lucy can swim, bike and run well, but she will have to run a really fast marathon which she hasn’t done yet. She’ll be among a lot of Pro men and that’s a huge advantage for her. That means that it would be great if Kaisa, Laura, Daniela and I can work together to close the gap to Lucy. But first we’ll have to catch my countrywoman Sarissa de Vries who swims very well and can bike as fast as I – she might be second or third at the start of the run. Maybe she can even be the “Dutch Dark Horse” as I was in 2007.
But currently my run is my strongest leg, so I wouldn’t mind when the race is decided on the run. When I was able to run away from Kaisa in Barcelona 2015, that was a combination of experience and good tactics, but since then she has made huge improvements. Now we also have the same coach, and while it would be nice I probably won’t be able to run from her now. Laura and I love to run together, but she’s also getting better and better, just as Daniela who is another athlete I really like very much!
In order to have a chance I think we will have to legally work together. I’d love to be able to catch Lucy, but it’s hard to predict if it’s going to be possible for any one of us, a lot will depend on how each of us feels on race day – but it’s 100% going to be an exciting race!

T: What’s your view on the new run course?

Y: I have a lot of respect for the team of Challenge Roth for listening to their participants – and I say thank you for creating the perfect combination of the old and new run courses. I love to run along the canal, 90% of my run training is on crushed gravel which I think helps to avoid injuries. Running the “mountain” towards Büchenbach only once will be enough this year – even if running around the small lake was awesome, having to get there twice last year was once too often! I’m really looking forward to the marathon this year!

T: What’s your plan for the rest of the season after Roth?

Y: After Roth I’ll be taking a break – two weeks after Roth we’ll have our marriage and I have butterflies looking forward to spend the rest of my life with Per. IM Maastricht will be five weeks after Roth, another big highlight to have an Ironman in my home country. The week after will be the great Challenge Turku, I much enjoyed it in 2016 and 17. Next up is a smaller race on my daily training routes, the Transvorarlberg, before Challenge Almere where I hope to win for the third time and enjoy another well organized “home race”. The last long-distance race for this year will be Ironman Barcelona, I just like this race. October and November Per and I will be on “honeymoon” at Thanypura in Thailand, we’re just looking for a few races in Asia. And maybe I’ll close 2018 at Challenge Daytona.
Even if have enough points for a Kona slot, I won’t be racing there. That chapter is closed, and for the last years of my career I’ll be doing races I enjoy racing, that matter to sponsors and that won’t require as much travel.

Challenge Roth (July 1st) – Seedings

TitlePage Roth Report ThumbIf you want to know a lot more details about Challenge Roth, its history, the courses and the strengths and weaknesses for each Pro athlete (plus interviews with the main contenders), download my “2018 Roth Rating Report“.

Race Day

Here is some information on race day and some late updates.

First of all, here’s how you can follow the race on Sunday, July 1st:

  1. Through the Challenge Roth homepage (https://www.challenge-roth.com) , you will be able to access live streams in German and English. The streams will start at 8:30 am CEDT, two hours after the start of the race.
  2. There will be text updates on Twitter and on the Challenge Roth homepage.
  3. For those who are able to receive Germany TV, there is going to be a summary of the race on Bayern3 from 15:30 to 16:00. This will also be available on the Live Stream with German and English commentary.

I will be commentating in the English live stream and I hope that a lot of readers will join me. If you’re watching the race, please let me know through email (contact info in the right-hand sidebar) or Twitter (@ThRadde) where you are watching from and send me any questions you may have!

Here’s a list of when things are expected to happen on race day (all times CEST, times in brackets are estimates):

  • 6:30 am Male Pro Start
  • 6:33 am Female Pro Start
  • 6:45 am
 to 8:05 am Age Group Wave Starts 
(19 waves of up to 200 athletes)
  • (7:16 am) First Male in T1
  • (7:19 am) First Female in T1
  • (11:31 am) First Male out of T2
  • (12:11 pm) First Female out of T2
  • (2:16 pm) Male Winner
  • (3:16 pm) Female Winner

Roth is on Central European Summer Time, 2 hours behind UTC. Here are conversions to a few other time zones:

  • +8 hours: Melbourne (AEST), race starts at 2:30 pm
  • -1 hour: United Kingdom (BST), race starts at 5:30 am
  • -6 hours: US East Coast (EDT), race starts at 0:30 am
  • -9 hours: US West Coast (PDT), race starts at 9:30 pm on Saturday evening

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

Last Year’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:52:55 04:19:02 02:44:10 07:59:07
2 Joe Skipper GBR 00:53:07 04:19:53 02:46:44 08:03:00
3 Maurice Clavel GER 00:48:29 04:16:42 02:56:30 08:04:53

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:52:34 04:37:34 03:06:46 08:40:03
2 Laura Siddall GBR 00:58:16 04:44:59 03:05:40 08:51:38
3 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 00:58:15 04:45:51 03:20:09 09:07:40

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 04:08:07 Jan Frodeno 2016-07-17
Run overall 02:36:49 Luc Van Lierde 1997-07-13
Total female 08:18:13 Chrissie Wellington 2011-07-10
Swim female 00:47:27 Ute Mueckel 2005-06-24
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 20:51.

Race Adjustments for Challenge Roth

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2005 23:16 01:15 13:16 09:25 28 23:16 01:15 13:16 09:25
2006 18:53 01:44 08:33 04:19 41 21:04 01:30 10:54 06:52
2007 29:57 01:18 12:15 08:14 35 24:02 01:26 11:21 07:19
2008 25:59 02:33 09:07 08:30 40 24:31 01:43 10:48 07:37
2009 29:11 02:32 17:28 05:18 43 25:27 01:52 12:08 07:09
2010 20:31 01:04 06:51 04:27 43 24:38 01:44 11:15 06:42
2011 24:18 02:05 17:28 05:32 38 24:35 01:47 12:08 06:32
2012 14:09 02:41 06:42 04:12 50 23:17 01:54 11:28 06:15
2013 22:46 01:01 15:15 04:13 41 23:13 01:48 11:53 06:01
2014 08:34 00:24 14:38 -02:43 37 21:46 01:40 12:09 05:09
2015 19:22 01:35 12:35 04:24 44 of 56 21:32 01:39 12:12 05:05
2016 19:24 01:23 17:02 02:43 39 of 43 21:22 01:38 12:36 04:53
2017 14:36 00:27 16:10 02:41 38 of 53 20:51 01:32 12:52 04:43

Prize Money

Challenge Roth has a total prize purse of 200.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 19% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 1 Sebastian Kienle GER 07:46:17 08:06:07 00:49:05 04:07:17 05:01:22 02:44:55 99% +0% -1% (15) 2
2 3 Andreas Dreitz GER 07:53:53 08:25:19 00:47:45 04:12:39 05:05:24 02:48:29 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (27)
3 4 James Cunnama ZAF 07:55:07 08:20:37 00:47:05 04:16:02 05:08:06 02:47:01 45% +35% -19% (26) 14
4 2 Joe Skipper GBR 07:59:20 08:25:41 00:51:19 04:19:40 05:15:59 02:43:21 62% +13% -25% (20) 28
5 98 David Dellow AUS 08:03:47 08:29:15 00:46:39 04:23:39 05:15:18 02:48:29 58% +1% -41% (19) (41)
6 99 Ivan Rana ESP 08:05:55 08:25:42 00:46:37 04:29:39 05:21:16 02:44:39 84% +3% -14% (15) 29
7 5 Cameron Wurf * AUS 08:06:47 08:29:21 00:48:45 04:07:39 05:04:24 03:05:23 60% +31% -9% (11) 43
8 7 Jesse Thomas USA 08:09:51 08:27:09 00:49:53 04:23:24 05:18:17 02:51:34 100% +0% -0% (5) 33
9 14 Evert Scheltinga NED 08:10:08 08:39:13 00:47:52 04:21:57 05:14:49 02:55:19 49% +0% -51% (5) 79
10 11 Jan Raphael GER 08:15:33 08:40:07 00:48:59 04:30:13 05:24:12 02:51:21 81% +0% -19% (29) 81
11 13 Lukas Kraemer GER 08:17:06 08:44:48 00:53:07 04:34:02 05:32:09 02:44:57 100% +0% -0% (2) (91)
12 8 Roman Deisenhofer GER 08:17:38 08:51:23 00:50:19 04:23:20 05:18:40 02:58:58 51% +49% -0% (9) 117
13 10 Markus Hoermann GER 08:18:19 08:52:42 00:51:05 04:26:56 05:23:01 02:55:18 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (125)
14 12 Sebastian Neef GER 08:19:33 08:56:10 00:50:12 04:21:42 05:16:54 03:02:39 24% +39% -37% (3) (139)
15 9 Michael Goehner GER 08:20:07 08:55:37 00:51:45 04:29:32 05:26:17 02:53:50 58% +2% -41% (20) (137)
16 6 Luke Bell AUS 08:24:07 08:43:11 00:46:39 04:28:55 05:20:34 03:03:33 41% +7% -52% (34) 88
17 33 Luis Henrique Ohde BRA 08:25:14 08:48:19 00:47:45 04:35:03 05:27:48 02:57:26 100% +0% -0% (4) 105
18 18 Christian Altstadt GER 08:26:42 09:00:24 00:50:47 04:29:59 05:25:46 03:00:56 59% +0% -41% (3) (153)
19 17 Marc Unger GER 08:27:43 09:18:57 00:50:33 04:26:07 05:21:39 03:06:04 46% +54% -0% (2) (209)
20 20 Patrick Jaberg SUI 08:28:47 08:54:38 00:52:29 04:32:20 05:29:49 02:58:58 83% +16% -1% (21) 133
21 97 Sven Riederer SUI 08:31:31 09:05:26 00:47:50 04:26:13 05:19:03 03:12:28 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (170)
22 15 Fraser Cartmell GBR 08:34:09 09:01:39 00:48:14 04:35:24 05:28:38 03:05:31 24% +6% -69% (12) 159
23 21 Niclas Bock GER 08:36:11 09:21:29 00:50:20 04:29:42 05:25:02 03:11:09 10% +0% -90% (3) (220)
24 47 Bryan McCrystal * IRL 08:37:42 09:10:18 00:57:45 04:26:06 05:28:50 03:08:52 49% +14% -36% (5) 187
25 48 Thomas Naasz NED 08:48:57 09:21:12 00:54:22 04:46:12 05:45:34 03:03:23 79% +21% -0% (7) 218
26 30 Tjardo Visser NED 08:51:45 09:16:13 00:50:24 04:51:39 05:47:03 03:04:42 48% +52% -0% (3) 205
27 16 Douglas MacLean USA 08:56:23 09:21:32 00:56:59 04:51:19 05:53:18 03:03:05 98% +2% -0% (18) 221
28 23 Young Hwan Oh KOR 08:59:40 09:28:24 01:00:09 04:48:34 05:53:43 03:05:57 73% +16% -11% (10) 238
29 25 Alfred Rahm GER 09:22:50 10:01:37 01:01:47 04:57:16 06:04:02 03:18:48 41% +0% -59% (20) 281
30 46 Marcus Woellner GER 09:23:53 10:02:47 00:48:11 04:31:21 05:24:32 03:59:21 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (282)
31 22 Charles Martin FRA 09:56:28 10:29:53 00:51:40 05:04:05 06:00:45 03:55:43 48% +0% -52% (2) (295)
19 Sebastian Mahr GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
24 Rick Steffen GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
27 Reece Barclay GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)
28 Bruno Pasqualini ITA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
32 Paul Schuster GER 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 19% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 101 Lucy Charles GBR 08:43:12 09:07:40 00:46:10 04:47:33 05:38:43 03:04:29 50% +50% -0% (4) 5
2 104 Kaisa Sali FIN 08:44:40 09:05:35 00:54:24 04:49:08 05:48:32 02:56:08 100% +0% -0% (6) 2
3 102 Laura Siddall GBR 08:51:53 09:19:23 00:55:34 04:46:29 05:47:03 03:04:50 74% +23% -3% (15) 14
4 103 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 08:52:04 09:20:25 00:55:40 04:44:28 05:45:08 03:06:56 73% +0% -27% (34) 16
5 107 Daniela Saemmler GER 09:01:40 09:25:56 00:53:18 04:49:12 05:47:30 03:14:10 61% +21% -18% (11) 29
6 109 Sofie Goos BEL 09:13:30 09:39:30 00:56:39 05:00:24 06:02:03 03:11:27 61% +9% -29% (27) 55
7 113 Sarissa De Vries NED 09:13:44 09:48:15 00:51:45 04:52:06 05:48:51 03:24:53 48% +52% -0% (3) 68
8 111 Alicia Kaye USA 09:18:58 09:45:31 00:50:17 05:02:43 05:58:00 03:20:58 28% +20% -52% (5) 61
9 132 Bianca Steurer AUT 09:26:05 09:48:25 00:56:34 05:05:51 06:07:25 03:18:40 92% +8% -0% (8) 70
10 110 Lucie Zelenkova CZE 09:26:40 09:53:35 00:51:19 05:13:00 06:09:18 03:17:22 74% +0% -26% (29) 79
11 114 Olga Kowalska POL 09:44:32 10:17:58 01:02:50 05:18:37 06:26:27 03:18:05 100% +0% -0% (2) (120)
116 Karen Steurs BEL n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

I’ve also written a number of more detailed posts about the chances for most of the main contenders, check out the links below.

Male Race Participants

Female Race Participants

Challenge Roth 2018 (July 1st) – Entry List

TitlePage Roth Report ThumbI’m working on a Rating Report for this year’s race. It’s going to be the best resource to look forward to Challenge Roth and to follow the Pro races on-site or via the Challenge live stream. The Report is going to be a 60+-page PDF with information about the race, all Professional participants and their chances on July 1st. You can already pre-order it here (or by clicking on the image on the right) so you’ll receive it as soon as it is released.

Male Race Participants

Bib Name Nation Previous Results
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 2 finishes out of 2 Challenge Roth starts
2 Joe Skipper GBR 2 finishes out of 2 Challenge Roth starts
3 Andreas Dreitz GER first start at Challenge Roth
4 James Cunnama ZAF 4 finishes out of 4 Challenge Roth starts, 1 win (2012)
5 Cameron Wurf AUS first start at Challenge Roth
6 Luke Bell AUS first start at Challenge Roth
7 Jesse Thomas USA first start at Challenge Roth
8 Roman Deisenhofer GER 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
9 Michael Goehner GER 3 finishes out of 3 Challenge Roth starts, 1 win (2009)
10 Markus Hoermann GER 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
11 Jan Raphael GER 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
12 Sebastian Neef GER 0 finishes out of 1 Challenge Roth start
13 Lukas Kraemer GER first start at Challenge Roth
14 Evert Scheltinga NED first start at Challenge Roth
15 Fraser Cartmell GBR first start at Challenge Roth
16 Douglas MacLean USA first start at Challenge Roth
17 Marc Unger GER first start at Challenge Roth
18 Christian Altstadt GER first start at Challenge Roth
19 Sebastian Mahr GER first start at Challenge Roth
20 Patrick Jaberg SUI first start at Challenge Roth
21 Niclas Bock GER first start at Challenge Roth
22 Charles Martin FRA first start at Challenge Roth
23 Young Hwan Oh KOR 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
24 Rick Steffen GER first start at Challenge Roth
25 Alfred Rahm GER 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
27 Reece Barclay GBR first start at Challenge Roth
28 Bruno Pasqualini ITA first start at Challenge Roth
30 Tjardo Visser NED 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
32 Paul Schuster GER first start at Challenge Roth
33 Luis Henrique Ohde BRA first start at Challenge Roth
46 Marcus Woellner GER 1 finish out of 1 Challenge Roth start
47 Bryan McCrystal IRL first start at Challenge Roth
48 Thomas Naasz NED 4 finishes out of 4 Challenge Roth starts
97 Sven Riederer SUI first start at Challenge Roth

Female Race Participants

Bib Name Nation Previous Results
101 Lucy Charles GBR first start at Challenge Roth
102 Laura Siddall GBR 2 finishes out of 2 Challenge Roth starts
103 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 7 finishes out of 7 Challenge Roth starts, 3 wins (2007, 2008, 2015)
104 Kaisa Sali FIN first start at Challenge Roth
107 Daniela Saemmler GER 2 finishes out of 2 Challenge Roth starts
109 Sofie Goos BEL first start at Challenge Roth
110 Lucie Zelenkova CZE 2 finishes out of 2 Challenge Roth starts
111 Alicia Kaye USA first start at Challenge Roth
113 Sarissa De Vries NED first start at Challenge Roth
114 Olga Kowalska POL first start at Challenge Roth
116 Karen Steurs BEL first start at Challenge Roth
132 Bianca Steurer AUT first start at Challenge Roth

Challenge Roth 2017 – Analyzing Results

(Updated July 11th with DNFs and a discussion of the Race Conditions.)

Course Conditions

The prevailing impression from Roth seems to be that the race was slower in past years, and that especially the new run course was harder than the old one, leading to slower times. However, this perception is not backed up by my data analysis, the adjustment for this year was about five minutes slower than last year, but all three legs were just a little bit slower.

In addition we have seen a number of fast times:

  • Bart Aernouts posted his first sub-8 finish, and he ran the marathon almost exactly at the time I predicted (predicted 2:43:56, actual time 2:44:10).
  • Even though Daniela’s race was hyped as “world record attempt” and she was well short of her time from last year, it is still a fantastic result considering her injury in the first half of the year. (After the awards she smiled that she still has a lot of upside for Kona.) Her 8:40 finish is the fastest finish of 2017 by quite a large margin (she also has the second fastest – 8:47 from South Africa), and her 4:37 bike split is the fastest of the year and the fifth fastest ever on the IM distance.
  • Laura Siddall posted three PBs in Roth: Her fastest bike split, her fastest run split and her fastest overall time.
  • Lisa Roberts showed that you can run fast on the new run course: Her 2:56 marathon lead to her first sub-9 finish and is the second fastest marathon of the year so far. (Kelly Williamson was just five seconds faster at IM Texas.)
Therefore I don’t think that the new run course will slow down the future times, it’ll be interesting to see the times when there are more realistic expectations and a different race dynamic leads to the fast racers pushing each other.

Male Race Results

Bart Aernouts had another great race after IM Lanzarote and won the race on the back of the fastest marathon of the day:

Roth M1 Bart

Second place – as last year – went to Joe Skipper. He once again ran through the field but couldn’t quite match Bart’s pace:

Roth M2 Joe

Maurice Clavel was showing a courageous first long-distance race. After Nils Frommhold had to end his race after a crash on the bike course, he found himself in the lead, which he was able to hold until the later parts of the marathon. Still, he was happy with his third place finish and celebrated on the finish line:

Roth M3 Maurice

Finishing fourth, Timo Bracht said good-bye to Roth with a hard earned finish:

Roth M4 Timo

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:52:55 04:19:02 02:44:10 07:59:07 -08:12 EUR 15,000
2 Joe Skipper GBR 00:53:07 04:19:53 02:46:44 08:03:00 -15:42 EUR 8,000
3 Maurice Clavel GER 00:48:29 04:16:42 02:56:30 08:04:53 n/a EUR 5,000
4 Timo Bracht GER 00:48:42 04:18:42 02:56:37 08:07:01 -07:13 EUR 3,000
5 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:48:35 04:21:39 02:58:39 08:11:34 00:10 EUR 2,000
6 Brad Kahlefeldt AUS 00:48:34 04:29:50 02:51:32 08:12:55 00:22 EUR 1,100
7 Dougal Allan NZL 00:55:23 04:17:41 02:58:57 08:14:43 -00:59 EUR 800
8 Roman Deisenhofer GER 00:52:06 04:21:22 03:00:22 08:16:29 -22:20 EUR 700
9 Per Bittner GER 00:48:54 04:26:56 02:58:41 08:17:15 -09:03 EUR 600
10 Markus Hoermann GER 00:52:50 04:28:06 02:59:36 08:23:25 n/a EUR 550
11 Christian Brader GER 00:53:11 04:36:25 02:51:52 08:24:19 -11:31
12 Guillaume Lecallier FRA 00:54:51 04:32:47 02:58:35 08:29:42 -07:44
13 Teemu Lemmettylae FIN 00:55:20 04:40:52 02:55:05 08:35:27 -10:28
14 Andi Fuchs AUT 00:57:52 04:25:10 03:12:22 08:38:14 -20:49
15 Simon Schwarz GER 00:53:44 04:40:03 03:04:02 08:41:15 n/a
16 Jose Estrangeiro POR 00:52:42 04:49:23 02:58:21 08:43:36 09:35
17 Tuukka Miettinen FIN 00:58:12 04:43:52 03:06:12 08:51:34 03:40
18 Stefan Overmars NED 00:53:43 04:39:12 03:21:04 08:57:11 -04:21
19 Sergio Marques POR 00:55:20 04:32:27 03:29:34 09:00:13 12:30
20 Jon Albizuri Izaguirre SPA 00:59:22 04:47:38 03:09:40 09:00:54 n/a
21 Young Hwan Oh KOR 01:01:49 04:46:10 03:11:42 09:02:41 -07:07
22 Thomas Naasz NED 00:55:49 04:52:40 03:11:17 09:03:24 02:11
23 Moises Vidal Gil ESP 00:57:58 04:55:39 03:06:41 09:04:19 -12:00
24 Nathan Miller AUS 00:54:33 04:41:28 03:39:08 09:18:23 -53:08
25 Peter Kotland CZE 00:59:16 04:52:48 03:29:01 09:26:45 -02:53
26 Marcus Woellner GER 00:49:45 04:32:10 04:04:52 09:29:39 n/a
27 Rafael Gomes POR 00:57:56 04:56:06 03:37:21 09:35:12 15:44
28 Ilkka Utriainen FIN 00:54:23 05:03:54 03:35:06 09:37:42 n/a
29 Michael Louys BEL 01:03:19 04:33:31 04:33:18 10:14:11 1:09:15
Sebastian Neef GER 00:52:52 04:20:53 DNF
Sean Donnelly GER 00:48:30 04:29:51 DNF
Jens Frommhold GER 00:55:15 04:25:49 DNF
Matthias Knossalla GER 00:58:14 04:24:47 DNF
Chris Fischer DEN 00:54:40 04:35:53 DNF
Fabian Rahn GER 00:58:11 04:36:54 DNF
Christian Jais GER 00:55:30 04:39:57 DNF
Dirk Wijnalda NED 00:57:13 04:39:40 DNF
Travis Hawkins USA 01:00:26 04:55:31 DNF
Nils Frommhold GER 00:48:32 DNF
Henry Beck GER 00:48:43 DNF
Michael Smith Larsen DEN 00:55:25 DNF
Darby Thomas FIN 00:59:18 DNF

Female Race Results

It was clear that Daniela would be next to impossible to beat unless her injury had left her severely unfit. She worked hard for a good time posting the fastest swim and bike split, but said she struggled a bit in the second half of the marathon. She still won with a fast time of 8:40 and with more than ten minutes to spare:Roth F1 Dani

Laura Siddall improved on her fourth place finish from last year, but continued her string of second place finishes:

Roth F2 Laura

Third place was the surprise of the day: Lisa Roberts was a late entry and flew under the radar for the swim and bike, but she ended up with the only sub-3 marathon of the day, the fastest by nine minutes:

Roth F3 Lisa

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:52:34 04:37:34 03:06:46 08:40:03 03:41 EUR 15,000
2 Laura Siddall GBR 00:58:16 04:44:59 03:05:40 08:51:38 -20:42 EUR 8,000
3 Lisa Roberts USA 01:01:31 04:55:20 02:56:35 08:57:14 -19:03 EUR 5,000
4 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 00:58:15 04:45:51 03:20:09 09:07:40 05:39 EUR 3,000
5 Corina Hengartner SUI 01:01:20 04:57:45 03:23:21 09:25:28 -20:44 EUR 2,000
6 Vanessa Pereira POR 01:01:52 05:16:58 03:26:56 09:50:47 -17:08
7 Martina Dogana ITA 00:58:23 05:19:54 03:30:01 09:52:56 18:51
8 Steph Corker CAN 00:58:36 05:30:12 03:41:09 10:14:02 16:45
9 Anne Jensen DEN 01:07:39 05:06:03 04:20:52 10:39:43 39:38
10 Ana Revilla ESP 01:11:32 05:30:58 04:10:43 10:57:28 n/a
Heather Wurtele CAN 00:52:56 DNF

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