Challenge Roth: Past Champions and Rising Stars Set for Epic Battle

A clash of titans looms as past champions and up-and-coming athletes gear up for the highly-anticipated Roth 2023 triathlon showdown.

Challenge Roth: Past Champions and Rising Stars Set for Epic Battle

On 25th June 2023, a remarkable spectacle will transpire as five Hawaii victors – Patrick Lange, Anne Haug, Sebastian Kienle, Daniela Ryf, and Chelsea Sodaro – compete in the prestigious Challenge Roth. The addition of Magnus Ditlev, Andi Dreitz, and Nils Frommhold, alongside a debutant, Laura Philipp, ensures a riveting race ahead, featuring eight past Roth champions.

Women's Field: Haug Eyes Third Consecutive Win, Sodaro and Ryf to Challenge

Anne Haug, the two-time Roth champion and 2019 world champion, is geared up to defend her title against a formidable lineup. Haug’s most recent victory came with an impressive finish time of 8:22:42, leaving competitors Fenella Langridge and Judith Corachan Vaquera trailing.

Haug's toughest competition could come from Chelsea Sodaro, the reigning Hawaii winner, and triathlon legend Daniela Ryf. Ryf, who has clinched five world titles, has a record to her name in Roth; she set the fastest bike segment in the women's field at 4:31:29 in 2016.

Laura Philipp, on her Roth debut, is also worth watching. She boasts the fastest personal best time among active female athletes, a mere seven seconds behind Chrissie Wellington's world record set in Roth in 2011.

Men's Race: Defending Champion Ditlev Leads, Lange in Pursuit

In the men's field, defending champion Magnus Elbæk Ditlev, with an overall record time of 7:35:48 in the last race, is tipped to be among the top performers. He also holds the record for the fastest bike segment in Roth at 4:01:56.

Patrick Lange, the 2021 Roth winner, is another strong contender. Known for his extraordinary running ability, Lange set a new record for the run segment in Roth, finishing it in 2:35:10 in the previous race.

Promising Newcomers and Veteran Contenders

Other promising competitors include young triathlon prodigy Sam Laidlow and Ironman 70.3 European Champion Daniel Bækkegård.

Roth regulars Andi Dreitz, Joe Skipper, and Nils Frommhold each hold considerable potential for top rankings. US triathlete Ben Kanute is another strong candidate who could potentially clinch the first US men's victory in Roth.

Celebrating a Legend: Kienle's Farewell Race

Sebastian Kienle will bid adieu to his professional career in Roth 2023, marking an end to an illustrious career. His departure adds an emotional element to the competition, highlighting Roth's significance in the world of triathlon.

Records and Top Performers

In terms of records, the overall best time for Roth stands at 7:35:39, set by Jan Frodeno in 2016. The fastest swim segment record is held by Michael Pruefert since 1997 with a time of 43:35. For women, the fastest overall time of 8:18:13 was achieved by Chrissie Wellington in 2011, with her also holding the record for the fastest run segment at 2:44:35.

With a diverse field of seasoned and emerging athletes, Roth 2023 is poised to be an unforgettable triathlon event. Spectators will be eagerly waiting to see which athlete will rise to the occasion and stand victorious at the finish line.