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Challenge Roth?
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Has anybody done Challenge Roth Tri? Is it worth it if you are already within 4 hrs drive that weekend?
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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I've done it 7 times so far . . . it will blow your mind! Absolutely you should try to do it. I have done a lot of triathlons over the past 36 years and I'd say it is beyond compare.

See:

https://daviddaggett.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/nothing-like-a-challenge/


https://daviddaggett.wordpress.com/...7/12/epic-challenge/


https://daviddaggett.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/triathlon-magic/


There are links in there to photo albums also. Do it!!

David
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Last edited by: david: Oct 13, 17 13:54
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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I went to support a friend. Nice place. Nice race. Definitely worthwhile if the logistics of getting your bike there don't scare you (it's proper hard to find a bike to rent, I've unsuccessfully tried to find bikes for friends twice).
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Re: Challenge Roth? [david] [ In reply to ]
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awesome.. i assume time for December registration is Roth's time. is that right? (i.e. their website doesn't do time change based on where you are)
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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Yes Roth time . . . that is "last chance" Have others up with you with several computers going at one time. You will literally have just seconds. Best wishes. I just updated links to photos.

David
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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Best race on the planet. If I was within 4 hours drive I would consider going just to spectate and making a weekend of it.

Good luck on the rego.
Even if you get in, accommodation anywhere close to Roth is almost impossible to find as well.
I stayed in Nuremberg last time.
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Re: Challenge Roth? [NordicSkier] [ In reply to ]
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I heard there are lots of camping places close or airbnb eBen hostel works. that is an easy piece of the puzzle, registration is my worry with latency from Western hemisphere )
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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I got a slot! Not sure whether to take it though - logistics etc., and 1st July is slightly too early in July.

I may opt for the payment protection which guarantees a slot in 2019 (July 6) if I cancel at the right time.

Anyone else?
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Re: Challenge Roth? [Jigsy] [ In reply to ]
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I was a few minutes after the hour and missed it! Ugh...



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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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Everything I've heard suggests it's epic. I've heard people say it's a better overall experience than Kona. It obviously doesn't have the history of Kona but I hear the actual race experience, crowds, support, etc are absolutely fantastic. It's been on my bucket list so and friend and I decided to sack up this year and do it. We are going all-in and hooking up with the IM Talk camp for 10 days prior to the race. That guaranteed us slots and also takes care of all logistics. We just need to show up and enjoy.

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Re: Challenge Roth? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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minutes is definitely too late.. i started to enter info 3 secs past opening (looking at GPS device time ),clicked submit, jumped on the 2nd computer to register my sister after submitting her info, at that time pre-registration was already closed.

So assume it was sold out within first 10-15 seconds
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Re: Challenge Roth? [TH3_FRB] [ In reply to ]
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Oh ya can't wait

just watching last 3 minutes of this video gets the blood going
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Gwkr9QjFU
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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Definately worth it...one of the most fun at that distance

- easy to talk with pros at preparty
-party atmosphere with hot air balloons and fireworks and djs
- enthusiastic crowds with cowbells
-protected freshwater swim
- beautiful rolling bike course
- closest thing to tdf climb with screaming fans
- forest trail run protected from wind
-stadium style finish with party atmosphere
- awesome organisation
- good value
- long standing and record breaking history
- the free camping is great

A great triathlon!
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Re: Challenge Roth? [lacticturkey] [ In reply to ]
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Couple questions
1) what is total elevation gain on a bike
2) what is penalty loop below? (never done tri's outside of IM branded ones)
http://www.challenge-roth.com/130.html
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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I don't know about those, would have to google

I was expecting pancake flat bike and run because of the records but it's definately not that. The main climb was doable with normal gears which wasn't like Switzerland and Stein in Netherlands. The famous climb flies by cos of the crowds....you don't even have time to think about it

The start was in multiple waves based on estimated times and that made the bike field quite spaced out so penalties are easy to avoid
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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110.63 miles 4,700ft. (+/-)
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Re: Challenge Roth? [lacticturkey] [ In reply to ]
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So there is penalty loop for bike violation instead of just time standing in tent as in Ironmans.
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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The penalty is an extra 1K on the run.
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Re: Challenge Roth? [SBR.NYC] [ In reply to ]
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I raced Roth this year so can help a bit with these:
  1. My Strava shows ~1,900m climbing over 178.1km. If it's any consolation, it didn't feel like 1,900m of climbing - the road surfaces are amazing
  2. It's actually a double-whammy. If you're pinged for drafting it's a 5 minute penalty plus a 1km penalty loop on the run. Even worse, the penalty loop is clearly not part of the run course, so if you head off that way everyone knows you cheated

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Re: Challenge Roth? [CPT Chaos] [ In reply to ]
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Roth is fantastic, but if you didn't get in consider IM Austria. Same day as Roth this year (which sucks for exhibitor types like me) a notch smaller, every bit as cool.


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Re: Challenge Roth? [aka_finto] [ In reply to ]
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I had 179km and 1450m on my Garmin last year, bike course was the same this year I guess.

And btw...the race kicks major ass. Great atmosphere.

-shoki
Last edited by: shoki: Dec 7, 17 12:38
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Re: Challenge Roth? [fredly] [ In reply to ]
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fredly wrote:
Roth is fantastic, but if you didn't get in consider IM Austria. Same day as Roth this year (which sucks for exhibitor types like me) a notch smaller, every bit as cool.

I did Roth in 2016 (Frodo was a bit faster) and wanted to do Klagenfurt maybe in 2018 but it seems that also sells out fast. So now doing Frankfurt instead, and I'm not even German (also doing Elbaman later on). So for all these races you have to decide fast.

But on topic: Roth 2016 was pretty amazing to do, especially Solar hill. The swim was great too, even for a crappy swimmer like me. Loved that in T2 I had a personal helper to put away my bike, while another applied sunscreen as I was putting on the shoes and a cycling cap. Maybe this happens in other races too, but was a first for me. They changed the run course so can't say much about that, but the finish area in a big arena being handed a medal by Chrissie Wellington wasn't bad either. And the party in the last hour was just crazy. I hope to return in 2019 or 2020 with my brother.
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