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Sport / 22 Juli, 2016

Race Day Bike Set Up by the Pros

Endless hours of training put in, all the money spent on a fancy bike, the sacrifice, blood and sweat that goes into race preparation and then your bike malfunctions. YOU DON’T WANT THAT!

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Course Reviews / 11 Juli, 2015

Challenge Roth – Bike Course Review

„Race the Legend“ is the motto of Challenge Roth 2015 and a legend it is. So we took the Shiv out and gave the 2 loop bike course a close look. It’s said to be a fast course in a beautiful rural setting. 95km later here is what we saw.

Once you exit the Main-Donau-Kanal it is a quick transition to grab your bike and out onto the bike course. You have a gentle climb to start with and it is suggested to take your nutrition in as quickly as you can as you are making a 90 degree left hand turn towards Rothsee after just a couple of hundred meters and from there you are picking up the pace for the next kilometer and a half.

DANGER: around the 2km mark is the first time you need to pay serious attention. In a fairly fast, slightly downhill turn you are hitting 3 cracks across the road as you are riding past the the impressive floodgate of the Main-Donau-Kanal.

The first 13 kilometers are very lightly but gradually uphill. So don’t get too excited and if you are riding with a power meter monitor it closely. You don’t wanna push too hard that early in the race.

At kilometer 13.5 you hit the first climb which is about 700 meters long. Let the others go here. You will see a lot of athletes pushing too hard here already and they will pay for it later as there is more fun awaiting on the mostly rolling bike course.

Only 3 kilometers after finishing the first climb you are hitting the next one at km 17.5 which is more or less the same length as the one before…

…but the fun doesn’t start until you get into the town of Greding. After entering the town in a nice little downhill section you make a right hand turn and roughly 150 meters later another one straight into a steep, steep climb. Shift down before that turn and prepare to climb a little for the next 700 meters but be aware: It doesn’t stop there. It evens out a little but yet you keep riding uphill for a total of almost 4km with only a very short flat bit in between.

From here on you continue on a nicely rolling course and then enter a beautiful downhill section which leads you partially through the woods where you can find some shade on a hot day out there. DANGER: be aware of the turns in this downhill sections. There is hay stacks put up in the turns for a good reason. Control yourself and enjoy the downhill as a bit of recovery rather than pushing too hard and risking everything in those turns.

At KM 62 you hit another 2 little climbs which seem fairly easy after riding the ones before and then at KM 69 the fun begins. You have a short and fun climb as a little preview of what to expect from Solarer Hill. This climb is just before entering the town of Hilpoltstein and every spectator that is not at Solarer Hill is putting up shop there to scream and shout you up this hill. If you think this is awesome then you will love Solarer Hill 1km later.

SOLARER HILL: Climb the legend within the legend. If you have not ridden Solarer Hill on race day yet forget everything you think you know about Solarer Hill. This climb will make you forget all your suffering out there and will exceed all your expectations. Don’t even dream about ‚hammering‘ this hill up. There is no passing other athletes anyways as spectators are at least as nuts (in the best way) as they are at Alp d’Huez. Enjoy and don’t push.

From there is is nice and rolling and you will pass some of our highlights on the ‚Challenge Roth Top10 Must do Things‘ list on the last klicks before heading into loop 2 to enjoy the fun all over again.

As you finish loop 2 at the Biermeile – one of the many, many hotspots along the course – you are not heading left in Eckersmühlen as before but go on straight for another 3.5km into T2.

The course has about 700 meters of climbing per loop and your top speeds will range somewhere between 60-75km/h depending on how hard you push the pace!

Time to run! Enjoy race day and be awesome!

DATE TIME!

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Complete Garmin Profile: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/828948581

RIDER: Till Schenk, 174kg, 182cm tall.

BIKE: Specialized Shiv Pro, Ceramic Speed upgrade, Roval wheels.

POWER METER: Power2Max

BIKE COMPUTER: Garmin 920

Lifestyle / 7 Juli, 2015

What To Do In Roth When Racing Challenge Roth

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Challenge Roth has been called many things. Amongst them ‚best race in the world‘ and it is on multiple ‚must do races‘ lists around the globe.

So when you decide to race Roth make sure to make the best of your time in and around Roth. Here is our top1o tips of things you need to do when racing Roth:

1. Visit Cafe Schmidt in Hilpoltstein. There is many Cafe Schmidt in the area but this is the Lava Java of European long distance racing. During race week this is the hot spot to see and be seen and on top of that you get great food and drinks and it’s a stone throw away from the swim start. Sometimes it requires a little patience as this hotspot is no more of a secret than your ‚top secret Marco Polo Insider tips‘ but it is worth it. Big time! You will get to mingle with the pros and many, many other athletes.

2. When in Hilpoltstein already make sure to drop by bike shop and fitting legend Fritz Bruchstaller. He will for sure be busy but no matter if you need last minute help with your bike or just wanna listen to one of many stories Fritz has to tell about racing in Roth, a visit is always an inspiration. Just don’t expect a last minute bike fit. He is so good he’s booked out for months.

3. Have somebody take a picture of you and your family at the finish arch in the Rother triathlon park. The finish arch in Roth is one of the biggest and most legendary in the circuit and it is put up year round. So even though race day is about you don’t forget to take a pic to remember with your friends or family.

4. Take a swim in the 50 meter Olympic pool at the Freitzeitbad Roth. It’s a great place not just for athletes but the whole family and if you go in the earlier ours it is another great spot for spotting some of the pros doing the final laps before race day. If you catch them in the right moment you might even get to take a selfie with some of them or get a last minute race tip for your race.

5. Thursday night has 2 ‚don’t miss‘ events for sure. First up starting at 17:00 is the Erdinger Urweisse Hüttenparty. A get together of the who is who of athletes joining into a fun early evening celebration with ice cold and refreshing Erdinger beer. No worries there is a great non alcoholic version available. If you are not in racing spirits yet this will do the trick and if you wanna show that your are a ‚Bavaria Pro‘ you can show off by getting yourself a pair of typical Bavarian Lederhosen. You will see plenty of athletes showing up in these but if you think you can’t flash the Lederhosen don’t sweat it: You will be just as accepted in sports clothes or any other clothes for this matter.

6. The second fun event of pre race Thursday evening is the Night Run. 11.4km from Hilpoltstein to the triathlon park in Roth in the later stages of the evening. (start is at 8.15pm at the market place in Hilpoltstein). The run with fun character is best finished off with another Erdinger Alkoholfrei at the Challenge Roth expo area.

7. Join a morning swim. The swim at Challenge Roth is maybe the most emotional but also one of the most straight forward ones you find in triathlon. As it is happening the Main-Donau-Kanal swimming is usually not allowed but on Friday and Saturday morning official swim course checks are offered from 6:30-9:00. Get up early and enjoy a fantastic early morning swim with many of your fellow athletes and when you are don check out out ‚must do tip number 1‘ on this list and meet your friends and family for breakfast at Cafe Schmidt again.

8. Take a warm up job along the run course at a hotspot called ‚Lände‘. The ‚Lände‘ is not only of of the best hotspots on race day but also one of the key points on the run course. Start there and run a bit along the canal. It is a beautiful run but it takes some mental preparation for race day as the run course sometimes heads straight along the canal for kilometres without a single turn.

9. Once you have passed race day and crossed the finish line of Challenge Roth like a rockstar there is 2 more things to do. The first is to drive out to a lake called ‚Rothsee‚ and just enjoy the lake and it’s green areas surrounding the lake. A lot of fellow athletes will be there and you can either just shut up and enjoy the peace or share ‚war stories‘ with the other athletes. No matter what: this is the best place to recharge your batteries after race day.

10. Last but not least you are finally done and all the hard work has paid off. Don’t go home without enjoying some ice chilled Bavarian beers. If we had to pick one thing the Bavarians are especially good at then it’s beer! Enjoy it. You earned it!

…..and here is 1 more tip for your friends and family spectating:

11. Since race day is all about you why not do something for the ladies. Go and sign up your wife, mother, sister or girlfriend for the Challenge Womens Run in Roth. This fantastic event is women is for ladies of every activity level. The 5km run & walk ends at the triathlon park as well and starts just after 11am in the morning which will leave all active athletes plenty of time for the bike check in after cheering on the ladies.

Cheers and have an awesome race!

Sport Talks / 12 April, 2015

Dirk Bockel – Ironman Winner & Maybe Book Author

Camilla Pedersen – The Comeback Kid

This guys been around since the ancient history of triathlon. Almost. 😉 He’s been to the Olympics, he’s been to Hawaii, he’s won multiple races on the long distance circuit including the prestigious Challenge Roth and now he is writing a book to share his secrets with everybody. Knowing Dirk it’s not just gonna be yet another triathlon book. It’s gonna be awesome.

We sat down at the Sands Beach Resort on Lanzarote for a little chat, a glass of red wine and I even got to teach him a few tricks.

Enjoy the vide, keep rocking and find out more about Dirk through the following link. Dirk Bockel

More Talks:

Camilla Pedersen at Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau

Elmar Sprink at Sands Beach Resort

Sebastian Kienle at Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau