Timo Bracht calls it a career at Challenge Roth

One of Germany's all-time greats, Timo Bracht made Challenge Roth his final professional race.

| July 11, 2017 | PERSONALITY

He's a nine-time Ironman champion who took three European titles, finished as high as fifth in Kona and took the Challenge Roth title in 2014. At 41 years young, the classy German champion looked like he might be on track to take another Roth title on the weekend after his "best swim/ bike combination ever," but couldn't match the pace of the speedy young guns ahead of him on the run, finishing an impressive fourth.

Bracht was always known for his amazing closing 10 km of the marathon - those of us who got to watch him fly through the final loop in Frankfurt to take the Ironman European Championship in 2007 and 2009 were witness to his amazing determination and talent.

"The whole day was more than swimming, biking and running," Bracht said afterwards, acknowledging the incredible support he received all day long from family and friends as he worked his way around the Roth course. "It was the best decision to end my career in Roth."

Bracht rides up Solar Hill to the cheers of over 30,000 fans.

Bracht rides up Solar Hill to the cheers of over 30,000 fans.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Running through the streets of Roth one last time.

Running through the streets of Roth one last time.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon