Class shown in Roth, Crowley on the rise and draft issues from the Crank

The Crank is impressed by Challenge Roth's classy move, liked what he saw from the speedy racing in Frankfurt and applauds Michelle Vesterby speaking out.

| July 11, 2017 | NEWS

Sarah Crowley passes Lucy Charles to take the lead at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. Crowley won her second Ironman regional championship of the year after winning in Cairns earlier this year.

Sarah Crowley passes Lucy Charles to take the lead at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. Crowley won her second Ironman regional championship of the year after winning in Cairns earlier this year.

Photo >Michael Rauschendorfer

Another weekend of big races with some of the biggest names in the sport competing. But not in the same place. Yep, here I go again. So I will say nothing more on this as one of the parties, namely, Challenge has moved their dates for next year. Roth is on the move from it’s traditional date.

The “You stay classy” award heads to Challenge CEO Felix Walchshöfer for his comments when moving the date of Challenge Roth.

"It is more important for us to act in the best interests of the sport than to insist on our traditional race schedule. Athletes and the public should not be forced to choose between the two major German triathlon events. Both events should have their permanent place in the race calendar. This is the respect our great sport of triathlon has earned.”

So in saying all that Challenge Roth went off this weekend. Sure the depth of field is not huge, but as an event there are few races in the world that stack up to this. Solar Hill might be the best stretch of road in the world for a triathlete.

Bart Aeronauts was the only athlete in 3,200 to head under the 8 hour mark in Roth with a masterful performance. Timo Bracht exited the sport in style with a 8:07 and, in doing so, left us with some great memories of a great career. Media friendly and always a threat, Bracht was fun to watch.

Daniela Ryf is coming back from injury. Hmm ... looked pretty fast to us in Roth.

The Collins Cup is coming to Roth. Another independent race is trying to be established (see Super League). So the organizers of this race, the Pro Triathletes Organisation, is a non profit that is optional for triathletes and aims to benefit triathletes. So with that in mind in makes sense that they would put on a race that is only open to a select few racers. Not complaining about the announcement of another event, just confused on the motives and how this benefits all pro triathletes. If you know let me know.

Is Laura Siddal on the fast rise? She races a ton and you have to say this is paying off for her as she once again logs a good race. Second in Roth in 8:51 was impressive.

Sebastian Kienle was on a mission in Frankfurt and took home the European Championship. A lazy 2:45 run finished off the field. A 7:41 time is something we look at now as great, but not in amazement. Seems to be if you don’t have a sub 8 hour Ironman on your CV you’re not top shelf.

Sarah Crowley is on a mission in 2017. A win in Cairns at the Asia Pacific Championship was big, but a win in Frankfurt and another Continental title is next level. She is having a season that will be hard to match for any athlete across the sport.

Josh Amberger stitched up another win in a 70.3, this time in Jonkoping. Now that he has a run leg dialled in he could fast become the most potent 70.3 racer in the world.

Michelle Vesterby posted this yesterday. This is a stupid post. Not because of the content, but because we are still talking about this issue. How on earth is this still happening? Why is this an issue only for the women? Why are the women in triathlon still looked on as an afterthought in some races? Why am I asking so many questions? OK, so again we have to say "clean out the sport, make only qualified pros race, give them plenty of space and allow them to race free." And the worst part of all of this is there is no unity for the pros to manage this expectation. They have to take to social media to get any awareness. Well posted Michelle!

Anyone else get a laugh out of the some of the NFL players whining about their pay this week? I understand, it must be tough getting by only an average of $2 million a year. How do they cope? Gimme a break.