Challenge Roth. Two words that make us smile, as we’ve just returned from the most beautiful little town in Bavaria that hosts the world’s largest triathlon. The memories made in Germany extend to our preparation for this trip; we were honored to partner with TriTravel of Australia and Race Force of the UK to form Challenge Tours.
As Challenge Tours, we served more than 350 athletes and family members, basing ourselves in Nuremberg, just a few minutes away from Roth and the race’s swim start in Hilpoltstein. The RaceQuest Travel contingent enjoyed time early in the week to acclimate to the 6-9 hour time difference and feel refreshed before the race. With our close access to a beautiful park, paved paths, and an 8-lane swimming pool, we ventured out each day into a triathlete’s dream training grounds.
Our week kicked off with a German-style welcome party with the Challenge Family – Alice, Felix and Kathrin Walchshofer (at right) – who greeted our athletes warmly. We toured the race course and took time to point out key features of the swim, bike and run. Registration was a breeze, as we were honored with our own dedicated registration desk at the expo.
All week we once again had the privilege of supporting our clients. At times it was with a helping hand, lifting a bike into our transport van. At other times it was a pat on the back and some encouraging words.
Hearing the cheers of 50,000 fans on the Solar Berg hill, entering the finish line stadium with 10,000 more voices, and riding an all-day wave of enthusiasm from 250,000 spectators is something you can only experience in triathlon at Challenge Roth. If you’re a long-course triathlete, or aspire to become one, you just have to do it.
But perhaps what we at RaceQuest Travel will remember most about our time in Roth this year was the hospitality and collective embrace of the German people. For that we are forever grateful.
To “race the legend” yourself, click here for our 2016 Challenge Roth race slot packages.
Mit tiefer Dankbarkeit (with our deepest gratitude),
-Krista, Kelli, Scott and the entire RaceQuest Travel Team
Photographs: (C) 2015 Christopher Jarc for RaceQuest Travel.