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The 31st running of Challenge Roth in Germany will take place this Sunday. This motto for this year is “Race the Legend” and once again 250,000 spectators are expected to watch the race unfold on the Bavarian course.
The story on the men’s side is the battle between defending champion Timo Bracht (GER) and last year’s runner-up Nils Frommhold (GER). Bracht has opted out of trying to qualify for the Ironman World Championship, with this race again serving as his primary focus. Frommhold finished second last year by four and a half minutes, but as a rising star in triathlon he’s expected to give Bracht some tough competition. American Andrew Starykowicz is the biggest question mark on the start list. He’s battled injury over the past year and is using this event as a test comeback race. If the super cyclist does show up in top form, he’s capable of riding away from the field. Other competitors include Markus Fachbach (GER), Blake Becker (USA), Petr Vabrousek (CZE) and Blake Becker (USA).
In the women’s race, the favorite is two-time Roth winner Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands. Van Vlerken’s second victory (in 2008) came as the result of a blistering 8:45:48 race time, which was a world record at the time. Her toughest competitors include Anja Beranek (GER), Gina Crawford (NZL) and Laura Bennett (USA).
The race will serve as bucket list experience for about 3,400 age-group athletes and 650 relay teams from around the world.
Tune in for the live action at www.Challenge-roth.com. The live stream will include commentary from Chris McCormack and Till Schenk.