Roth is the race that seems to have always been there as long as there is triathlon, only IRONMAN Hawaii has got more myths entwining around its name. The 30th birthday was celebrated with big emotions. As long as I know Roth – and this is since 2002 -Roth has always been fond of the big gestures.
This year I had two good reason to go there. Fist of all Biestmilch girl power was racing: Rachel Joyce, Yvonne van Vlerken and Rebekah Keat. Secondly, my close friend Chris McCormack – now the Challenge’s figurehead – was there too.
On the Tuesday before race day I gathered all Biestmilch women power 😉 around us to discuss topics such as women in the sport and professional sport, can it be healthy etc. Siri Lindley with her incredible expertise and charisma gave the group a real spicy touch.
Thanks to Herwig Steiner and Philipp Krebs we were able to record this event. The technical challenge was huge with recording the sound of 5 voices and 7 cameras shooting the pictures. Now the postproduction is yet another big challenge. It needs some time to get this footage tamed.
On race day I hided on the bike course after the „Solar Berg“ to get a few shots. Watching the girls in this good position made me happy. Till Schenk, commentator in Roth last year, passed by and stopped to pick up some BIEST BOOSTERS.
Unfortunately, it was not Rebekah’s day, but for Rachel and Yvonne it could not been a much better day, especially for Yvonne as she is still struggling with a painful should after her bike accident a few weeks ago.
On the run course I pushed myself to Rhein-Main-Donau Canal to shoot another couple of picts. There I met Lothar Leder. All my due respect to him to race the whole distance. As soon as we knew the results we disappeared from the scene, Sophie and Fannie, my border terrier girls and Arne, my partner, who took care of the girls, thank you!!
By the way I love the bystander role, I think it suits me 😉
Finally the results: Rachel came in 2nd, Yvonne 4th, Till beat Challenge CEO Felix Walchshöfer and senior Lothar crossed the finish line 49th overall. Congratulations!