Pre-Race Festivities Under Way at Challenge Roth

On Sunday, July 7, 3,400 individual athletes and 650 relay teams from 84 different countries will compete in the iconic Challenge Roth triathlon in the Bavarian region of Germany. Contributor Stef Hanson shares images from the pre-race festivities.

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The Queen of Roth in her element, Belinda Granger. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Half of the run course takes part along the canal. A soft gravel surface which is great if you’re in a good head space, but can seem to go forever when you’re having a tough day. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Drawings and dress ups at the famous Erdinger party. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Gingerbread baking course at Lebkuchen Wicklein in Nuremberg – learning about the world of spices and tradition of the famous gingerbread. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Felix’s dog, Hugo, who is also the Challenge Roth office dog, spent his last day at the office on Tuesday. For the rest of the week, he gets to go on holiday as Felix is far too busy to spend time with his best friend. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Thursday the expo opens and the town of Roth is flooded with athletes. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Rachel McBride tries to navigates Roth’s streets. Google Stadtplan! Photo: Stef Hanson
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Rachel McBride out for a pre-race ride. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Exploring Nuremberg. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Lucy Charles and Sarah Crowley react to Dave McNamee’s confession of brushing his teeth in T2. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Lucy Charles and Sarah Crowley react to Dave McNamee’s confession of brushing his teeth in T2. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Athletes gather for the pre-race conference. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
2019 Challenge Roth
Photo: Stef Hanson
2019 Challenge Roth
Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
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Laura Siddall – swanning about. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Hundreds of athletes taking part in the swim practice. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
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Trying to cool the water down. The water temp may be too high on race day, which may mean for the first time in the history of the event, a non-wetsuit swim. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Junior Challenge event – these two were stretching and talking race tactics before jumping. The little guy spotted every camera on the sidelines and smiled for everyone! Photo: Stef Hanson
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More of the Junior Challenge event. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Women’s Challenge Run – almost 2000 women take part in the 5km fun run. The warm up is like a music festival. Belinda Granger always is always at the front leading the way. Photo: Stef Hanson
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Lucy Charles getting involved in the warm up – probably similar to the way she warms up race morning right? Photo: Stef Hanson
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It’s a sea of purple and pink winding through the forest on the fun run. Spectators are littered along the course as well. You’d think this was the main event the way people support it! Photo: Stef Hanson
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Photo: Stef Hanson
2019 Challenge Roth
Photo: Stef Hanson
2019 Challenge Roth
The pasta/noodle party. Brass band playing upon arrival, pro interviews, the works. The ideal set up to get people pumped for race day. Photo: Stef Hanson