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30 October 2020   |   Blog   |   

5 Reasons We’re Ready for Roth 2021!

A trip to Bavaria is always great. Stunning landscapes, great food, and second to none hospitality – what’s not to like? Bavaria is also home to one of the most iconic triathlon festivals on the planet. Once a year, the quaint and quiet town of Roth comes alive! Triathletes from all over the world flock to this small German town, to pit themselves against one of the toughest endurance events there is. A long- distance triathlon.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID – 19 pandemic, Challenge Roth 2020 could not go ahead. Due to the immense popularity of the event, this made securing an entry for 2021 almost impossible!


Sports Travel International are delighted to be official event partners of DATEV Challenge Roth 2021. We can secure your place at this incredible festival of sport in 2021.

Still not convinced? Here’s our top 5 reasons to Get Ready for Challenge Roth 2021!

  1. The Biggest Triathlon Party on Earth

Each year, DATEV Challenge Roth hosts around 3500 individual athletes and 650 relay teams, from over 70 nations! They come in a bid to complete one of the most popular triathlon paces on the planet. Add to that the 7500 dedicated volunteers that make this race possible each year, and the countless spectators, lining the roads, that give this race the atmosphere it has become famous for, and you have the recipe for something great.

One huge triathlon party!

After a year off in 2020; Challenge Roth 2021 is promising to be the biggest triathlon party ever. As they say at Roth – Dreams cannot be cancelled!

  1. A Race Day Banquet

Bavaria is known for its food and drink and challenge Roth is no exception. 2,970kg of bananas fuel the athletes along the way, as well as 2,700kg of apples, 1,300kg of oranges, 1,000kg of kiwis, 680kg of melons, 580kg of lemons, and 15kg of dry fruit. That’s a lot of fruit! But its not only fruit you can enjoy! 135kg of sausages are consumed, and athletes can treat themselves at the finish line to some famous German beer (we are in Bavaria after all).

Racers with a sweet tooth take note; 12,000 biscuits, 5,500 pieces of cake, 2,800 pieces of chocolate, and 800 packets of waffles are on offer to those taking on the ultimate challenge.

  1. A Town Built on Triathlon

There has been a triathlon race held in Roth since 1984. In 1990 the long-distance race was established here. Since 2002 Challenge Roth has been held as an independent event, and the whole town embraces the spirit and culture of triathlon.

On the 5th July this year (the date that had been set for Challenge Roth 2020) the town unveiled a new landmark. The ‘Walk of Triathlon’ is 2.7m high, 37cm wide and weighs almost 180kg, and is a monument dedicated to triathlon and its importance and impact on the region.

  1. A Great Course for First Timers

From the unbeatable atmosphere, to the Bavarian charm and hospitality; there are several reasons why Challenge Roth is great for first timers and seasoned athletes alike.

The canal swim begins with the iconic canon fire (a must have moment for any long-distance triathlete). The nature of canal swimming is also great for less confident swimmers. Generally, the water is calm with virtually no current, and swimming down a channel all but removes the need to sight . (It also makes drafting a lot easier). 20,000 athletes swimming in one great procession at sunrise, with the magnificent back – drop of hot air balloons, is definitely a sight to remember.

The bike route is flat, and takes place on high quality roads. There is one hill notable on the route, the famous ‘Solar Hill’. It is just over 1km long, and has an average gradient of 4.5%. The climb of the ‘Solar Berg’ is also one of the most unforgettable moments on the course. Crowds of spectators line the road on both sides, cheering the riders through their toughest effort!

The run is easy on the legs. Mostly flat, and around 70% on dirt canal paths, rather than tarmac, which can be hard on the legs. The long straight stretches, although sometimes mentally challenging, make for an easy to follow route. You also get to cross paths with other athletes at different points on the course.

The Challenge Roth finish is legendary. A lap of the arena, absolutely packed out with cheering fans. This finish line has an atmosphere unlike any triathlon in the world. The fireworks that close the event mean that the atmosphere for the final finisher is as good as it was for the first. The finish line party at Roth is also unlikely to disappoint!

  1. It’s FAST, Record Breaking Fast

For the same reasons (listed above) that Roth is great for beginners, it is also a course that has produced some blisteringly fast times. In 2011, 4-time Kona champion Chrissie Wellington set the women’s long-distance world record of 8:18:13, including an astonishing 2:44:35 marathon split (which is also the women’s run course record for Roth). 4 of the 5 Women’s Long- Distance fastest times of all time have been set at Roth.

Roth is also the home of the Men’s long- distance record (07:35:39) set in 2016. The German athlete, and 3-time Kona champ, was ecstatic to have set the record on home soil. Frodeno is not the only man to have had record breaking success at Roth. In 2018 Irish Triathlete Bryan McCrystal finished the race in 8hrs 07 mins 37, taking some 23 minutes off his own National Record. His impressive race included a tremendous 4.09.46 180 km bike split (the third fastest of the day). He finished the day in eighth, among an absolutely world class field.

Will records tumble again at Challenge Roth 2021? Be there to find out!

Challenge Roth is one of the MOST sought after triathlon races in the world.

The incredible atmosphere, fast and iconic course, and usually favourable racing conditions mean that Challenge Roth is routinely rated among the best (if not the best) triathlon races in the world. Entries for the event usually sell out within minutes (7 in 2019).

Entries for 2021 have been even tougher to come by, following the race cancellation in 2020 due to COVID -19, and the announcement that Challenge Roth 2021 will host the (ETU) European Long Distance Triathlon Championships. But, as an Official Partner of the event, Sports Travel International can guarantee YOUR place on the start line in 2021!

BOOK NOW to be at the biggest triathlon party on EARTH!

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