By David Peddie on 06/07/12 at 4:31 pm
Sunday 8th July - The race starts at 6.30am with the 3.8km swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, and continues with a 180km bike and the final 42.2km marathon run.
Challenge Roth is renowned for its fast course and the winner is expected to cross the line in less than the magic eight hours with an eye on the world record time of 7:41:33 set by Andreas Raelert (GER) in Roth last year. The women's world record was also established in Roth: British athlete Chrissie Wellington undercut her own record for the third time in 2011, and finished in a time of 8:18:13.
Challenge Roth again features a strong pro field such as Timo Bracht (GER), seven-times Ironman winner and fifth-place finisher in the last Hawaii race, multiple iron distance champion Cameron Brown from New Zealand, and Mike Aigroz from Switzerland.
As well as Julia Gajer, new half-distance European Champion and second-place finisher of last year's Challenge Roth, Sonja Tajsich from Regensburg (best German female triathlete in 2011 Ironman Hawaii), and Rachel Joyce, current long-distance Word Champion (GBR).
Find more details about this event - 2012 Roth ETU Challenge Long Distance Triathlon European Championships