A new run course with considerably less climbing has been announced for the 2018 Challenge Roth event.
January 29, 2018 | RACES|
Celebrating "35 years Triathlon in Roth," Challenge Roth will get a new run course. One year after the the old course on the canal was replaced by a new, much hillier one, managing director Felix Walchshöfer and his team have reacted to feedback and tried to combine both routes. The result is a one-lap course, which will be mostly over paved roads.
"It was clear to us from the outset that changing a three-decade-long tradition would be an on-going process to ensure the best result," says Walchshöfer. "That's why we planned from the beginning to conduct a post-race interview and take the athletes’ suggestions into consideration. The feedback from our athletes is our most important source of knowledge and it goes without saying our philosophy is respect these wishes. But I think that we have found the ideal route with the combination of the two previous courses. Our anniversary athletes can look forward to a very special running experience on July 1."
The new marathon course will now have only about 160 meters of climbing instead of last year's 330 meters - "almost as flat as the original route," which was replaced in 2017 for safety reasons. As before, the new course will head out from transition to the Roth canal area, through the Speck Pumpen's company premises to the canal and then branch off in the direction of Haimpfarrich to the lock Eckersmühlen (turning point 1). From there, the route leads back to Lände Roth, continuing north along the Kanalbetriebsweg until hitting the Leerstetten lock (turning point 2) and along the canal back to Lände Roth. After a loop over the Alte Allersberger Straße, the athletes head through the Rothgrund into the Rother city center and cross it. Then, as in 2017, it's off to Büchenbach (turning point 3), back to the city center of Roth and finally finishing in the triathlon stadium. All 17 "hot spots" on the course remain and a few more might be added.
Surveys done after last year's race showed that athletes missed the running experience on the canal and found the ascent to Büchenbach very demanding, but enjoyed the atmosphere in the small village. That's why Büchenbach stays in the program, but the athletes will only head out there once instead of twice.
"I think that we have found the perfect balance with the combination of the two previous courses," says Walchshöfer