Challenge Roth 2013 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

As usual, the Roth race was very quick. An adjustment of 19:41 is pretty much in line with the course rating of 18:10. The difference to “slow” years comes mainly from a quick bike ride (12:43 this year as compared to 5:13 from last year). Apparently, the good weather on race day helped to go quick without any impact on run times.

One comment to the results: Roth is one of the few races that does not have a “Pro” category. As I am focusing on Pro result, I have to figure out who’s a Pro by comparing names with athletes that I already have in my database. This means that I don’t include athletes that are racing Pro in a long distance race for the first time or that have recently changed names.  (Some examples: This year I am not including 8th place overall Roeland Smits – I don’t have any other professional results for him. Last year I have missed Julia Gajer as she recently changed her name from Julia Wagner.)

Male Race Results

After his disappointing finish in Cozumel (with a 4:30 run in order to validate his Kona slot), Dirk Bockel won in a convincing fashion by pulling away on the bike and then still posting an excellent 2:48 marathon. His 7:52 is the fastest 2013 performance, both is absolute and adjusted times. With such a great performance, last year’s winner, James Cunnama, had to be happy with second place. Timo Bracht wanted to challenge for the win, but after technical issues on the bike (apparently his rim got damaged) he was happy with running onto the podium. (Even if his 2:44 was close to his expected marathon time, it was still the second fastest run time.)

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Dirk Bockel LUX 00:46:05 04:15:05 02:48:41 07:52:01 -30:52
2 James Cunnama ZAF 00:48:38 04:23:46 02:49:16 08:04:13 -15:50
3 Timo Bracht GER 00:48:31 04:32:09 02:44:55 08:08:18 04:51
4 Markus Fachbach GER 00:48:35 04:24:23 02:56:34 08:12:13 -16:06
5 Miquel Blanchart ESP 00:48:36 04:38:38 02:43:36 08:13:25 -06:33
6 Konstantin Bachor GER 00:48:36 04:19:30 03:07:11 08:17:55 -06:41
7 Sergio Marques POR 00:53:09 04:39:14 02:48:14 08:23:40 -18:21
8 Petr Vabrousek CZE 00:54:35 04:35:19 02:53:12 08:26:26 -09:10
9 Erik-Simon Strijk NDL 00:51:49 04:37:15 02:54:57 08:26:54 -16:43
10 Andrej Vistica CRO 00:53:06 04:34:14 02:57:58 08:28:05 -01:08
11 Bernd Hagen GER 00:55:42 04:37:46 02:54:35 08:31:18 -11:58
12 Marcus Buechler GER 00:53:12 04:40:48 02:57:38 08:34:45 -05:35
13 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:45:58 04:45:18 03:01:23 08:36:26 21:02
14 Stephen Bayliss GBR 00:46:03 04:39:56 03:09:00 08:38:00 01:56
15 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:59:50 04:36:44 02:56:41 08:38:25 -07:02
16 Andreas Niedrig GER 00:46:09 04:43:19 03:15:36 08:48:30 -45:49
17 Egoitz Zalakain ESP 00:54:52 04:38:45 03:16:43 08:53:52 -03:46
18 Lothar Leder GER 00:53:14 04:40:54 03:18:16 08:55:26 08:28
19 Christian Saemmler GER 00:53:10 04:58:25 03:07:51 09:02:37 n/a
20 Andreas Borch DEN 00:49:03 04:45:20 03:25:23 09:04:01 19:51
21 Justin Granger AUS 00:54:52 04:59:15 03:07:58 09:06:11 -03:51
22 Maik Paetzold GER 00:46:07 04:43:29 03:46:49 09:19:21 n/a
23 Mark White GBR 00:58:35 05:02:10 03:17:06 09:23:06 13:37
24 Jens Gydesen DEN 00:56:51 04:49:06 03:37:28 09:26:53 -14:35
25 Chris Goodfellow GBR 00:54:47 04:48:37 03:45:30 09:32:28 52:43
26 Georg Potrebitsch GER 00:48:29 04:29:18 04:13:33 09:34:16 14:39
27 Cameron Brown NZL 00:48:39 04:28:58 04:17:18 09:37:57 31:41
28 Till Schramm GER 00:54:48 04:39:12 04:00:21 09:37:57 n/a
29 Daniel Luna ESP 00:57:19 05:13:18 04:14:27 10:29:59 44:35

Female Race Results

On the women’s side, Carolin Steffen posted a very solid win with an 8:40 finish. Even if she still has to run a sub-3h marathon, she managed to put 6 minutes into 2nd place Yvonne van Vlerken (even if she didn’t quite run up to her potential). This leaves ample room for Kona speculation – who will be able to deliver her best performance in October? Julia Gajer again finished in sub-9h and on the podium – it will be interesting to see her race on a different long distance course from Roth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Caroline Steffen SUI 00:51:45 04:42:21 03:03:07 08:40:35 -16:34
2 Yvonne Van Vlerken AUT 00:54:40 04:39:35 03:09:33 08:46:22 -10:40
3 Julia Gajer GER 00:51:48 04:56:35 02:59:55 08:51:04 -09:02
4 Katja Konschak GER 00:51:42 05:03:26 03:06:00 09:04:14 -37:56
5 Joanna Lawn NZL 00:54:48 04:53:15 03:17:20 09:09:00 -05:23
6 Yvette Grice GBR 00:54:38 05:10:44 03:09:30 09:18:42 -26:25
7 Belinda Granger AUS 00:53:12 04:54:33 03:28:53 09:20:11 02:07
8 Celia Kuch NZL 01:03:02 05:04:17 03:25:50 09:37:38 -19:21
9 Ali Hollington NZL 00:57:11 05:10:54 03:29:49 09:41:11 -48:18
10 Nicole Leder GER 00:56:55 05:28:54 03:21:04 09:50:58 13:09
11 Michelle Parsons GBR 01:22:14 05:10:05 03:47:19 10:24:51 -04:53
12 Tina Thalheimer GER 01:14:57 05:57:56 05:14:44 12:33:45 n/a
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