Deep field lines up at Challenge Roth

Six of the top-10 finishers at last year's Ironman World Championship are set to race in the men's race, while the women's field is likely to feature another great race as Lucy Charles and Laura Philipp highlight the women's field.

| March 4, 2019 | NEWS

Last year Lucy Charles finished second to Daniela Bleymehl at Challenge Roth. This year she\'ll face stiff competition from Laura Philipp.

Last year Lucy Charles finished second to Daniela Bleymehl at Challenge Roth. This year she'll face stiff competition from Laura Philipp.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

The Challenge Roth starting list for 2019 promises an exciting and fast race for both men and women.

In the men's race, six of the top-10 finishers from the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2018 will be at start line. That includes Bart Aernouts (second), David McNamee (third), Braden Currie (fifth), Matt Russell (sixth), Andy Potts (eighth) and Cameron Wurf (ninth). German's looking to capture the long-distance classic include Andreas Dreitz and Andreas Böcherer, while other internationals to keep an eye on include Australian Tim van Berkel, Italian Alessandro Degasperi and Canadian Cody Beals.

A fast race for the women

The start list of the women is every bit as impressive. Much of the focus will likely be on the potential duel between Kona runner-up Lucy Charles and Germany's Laura Philipp. Charles was beaten by just a few seconds by Daniela Bleymehl in Roth last year and will no-doubt be determined to get the win this year. For Philipp, the race in Roth will be just her second long-distance race. At her debut in Barcelona last October she became the fastest German woman over the distance.

Australia's Sarah Crowley, third in Kona in 2018, will be another woman with the potential to compete for the win. Others to watch for include Great Britain's Laura Siddall, Canadian Rachel McBride and Germany's Anja Ippach (Beranek).