This weekend is the iconic Challenge Roth. As stated on their website: “Challenge Roth is the “heart of the triathlon”. With around 3,100 individual starters and 600 relay teams from over 50 nations, a top field of starters and far more than 150,000 spectators along the course, the Challenge Roth is the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event.”
This will be my third time racing this amazing event and it has become one of my favourite races. The atmosphere and energy of the race is incomparable to any other race. Just this one hill (pictured), the Solarerberg makes the entire day worth it! I was 6th two years ago, and was forced to withdraw last year so I have some unfinished business at the event. It was also the last full-distance triathlon I competed in, having spent the year since I raced there last dealing with injury, so it almost feels as if I am picking up where I left off a year ago. But only in a racing sense – in a confidence, preparation and fitness sense I feel better than ever!
As always, the race has a strong field, and it will take a fast time to win. But my training in Leysin has gone really well and I am looking forward to testing out my fitness at this great race. It is also the European Long Distance Champs – which I can’t win, being non-European (although in SA my ethnicity is ‘European’ – go figure) which will add to the events’ competitiveness.
Steven and I will be making a road-trip of it from Leysin so it should be a fun weekend, with the added bonus of a race thrown in!