Challenge Roth Announces 2024 Professional Field

Despite the top two Professional series from PTO and Ironman securing the most number of top triathletes globally, Challenge Roth has been able to unveil a stellar field of professional athlete field in 2024 led by Magnus Ditlev, Patrick Lange and Laura Phillip.

Women’s Race

German long-distance triathlon record holder, Laura Philipp, will be competing again at DATEV Challenge Roth on 7 July 2024. The 36-year-old is returning to the Home of Triathlon after her third place in Roth last year.

“Would like to perform even better”

Laura Philipp has a very clear goal, “Roth is one of two highlight races of the season for me, which will be my main focus. My goal is to win Roth. After a first year of learning in Roth, I now want to perform even better. My team and I have discussed all the details and drawn up a plan for a successful race. The unique atmosphere in the Home of Triathlon 2023 has inspired me so much that I definitely want to be at the start with a top performance in 2024. I am once again looking forward to the support of the enthusiastic fans and the great volunteers in the Roth region.”

With an outstanding time of 8:25:31, Philipp celebrated a strong Roth debut with third place in 2023 and also made it onto the podium at Ironman Hawaii 2023. With a best time of 8:18:20, she holds the current Ironman best time and is only seven seconds behind Chrissie Wellington’s 12-year world best time and 10 minutes behind Daniela Ryf’s current world best time from 2023, which was also set in Roth.

“Laura has already shown what she’s capable of in recent years. The Roth triathlon district will definitely be shouting for her and all the other athletes and will carry her to further top performances. We are delighted that Laura has decided to compete in Roth again,” said race director, Felix Walchshöfer.

Strong competition expected for Laura Philipp

Planning for the race on 7 July is currently in full swing and the final start list for the women’s field will not be known until shortly before the race. In addition to Laura Philipp, other top-class athletes have already confirmed their participation in DATEV Challenge Roth 2024.

The 2012 Olympic silver medallist, Lisa Norden, will also be returning to Roth. Like Laura Philipp, the Swede only made her debut in the triathlon Mecca of Roth last year. The multiple Ironman winner finished fifth on her debut.

2024 will also be Svenja Thoes’ second start in Roth. The 32-year-old, who balances careers as a professional triathlete and flight attendant, finished seventh in Roth in 2022 and has already several long distance wins to her name.

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Laura Siddall is another crowd favourite returning to the triathlon mecca. This will be the Brit’s sixth start in Franconia after she had to pull out last year due to injury. After securing second place in 2021, she narrowly missed out on the podium in 2022 in fourth place.

Magda Nieuwoudt will represent the colours of South Africa in the women’s professional field. She won the Challenge Family World Bonus in 2023 and several races in the global series, including Challenge Davos and Challenge Sanremo.

The German trio of Carolin Lehrieder from the Erdinger Active Team, Laura Zimmermann and Anne Reischmann, who won Challenge Gdansk in 2023 and is listed as the fourth-best German in the PTO ranking, could also achieve a good result

Exciting long-distance debut for local Roth athlete

Triathlon fans from the district of Roth and beyond can eagerly await Rebecca Robisch’s long-distance debut. Born in Roth, she has already shown her strengths in the short and middle distance in the past. Robisch already became German champion over the sprint distance in 2011 and could now also cause a surprise on the long distance. After announcing her retirement from the national triathlon team in 2016, she has impressed with her performances again recently. She won Challenge Israman in early March 2024, the Allgäu Triathlon and the Rothsee Triathlon in 2023. She also won the Cologne Marathon in 2017 and 2018.

Men’s Race

DATEV Challenge Roth on 7 July 2024 will once again be a world-class triathlon festival featuring the fastest athletes over the long distance, including Magnus Ditlev and Patrick Lange, who finished first and second last year.

The fastest in the world

7:24:40 hours – that’s all Magnus Ditlev needed for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run to set a new world best time at DATEV Challenge Roth 2023. Second in the current Professional Triathletes Organisation rankings and defending champion, the Dane is returning to Roth once again. He also showed all his skills at the Ironman World Championship in Nice and finished on the podium. Just a fortnight ago, he won the premiere of the T100 World Tour in Miami.

For Ditlev there are many reasons to compete in Roth again, “I’m happy to announce I will have a go at a three-peat at Challenge Roth this summer! This race holds such a special place in my heart, the amazing atmosphere, the great people of Roth and of course, a fast and challenging course that suits me. I can’t wait to toe the line again against a stacked field and give my best once more. See you there!” After 2022 and 2023, will he manage the hat-trick at his third start and finish at the top of the podium again?

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Roth is looking forward to Patrick Lange again

As in previous years, the fastest long-distance professional in the world will meet the fastest German triathlete. As two-time Ironman World Champion and Germany’s Sportsman of the Year 2018, Patrick Lange conjured up a marathon in 2:30h on the asphalt in Roth and Büchenbach at DATEV Challenge Roth 2023. He finished in second place in an impressive 7:30:04. He also took second place at the Ironman World Championship in Nice 2023 and is once again looking forward to the unique atmosphere in Roth: “40 years of triathlon in Roth. Of course I will be there. This race holds a special place in my heart since 2021, and I can’t wait to dive into the incredible atmosphere with dedicated volunteers, a roaring fan crowd, and flawless organization.”

Many potential candidates for victory

Magnus Ditlev and Patrick Lange are not the only potential candidates for victory on 7 July. The other competitors are also extremely strong. The American Rudy von Berg could play a major role in the race. The 30-year-old is a three-time Ironman winner and also caused a stir with fourth place in Nice.

The same applies to Leon Chevalier. The Frenchman finished a strong fifth at his home race in Nice and followed by a win at Ironman Cozumel a short time later.

Triathlon fans in Roth can once again look forward to Daniel Bækkegård’s start. The Dane narrowly missed out on the podium in fourth place on his Roth debut in 2023. With a finish time of 7:39:59h, the 27-year-old showed his exceptional talent at last year’s DATEV Challenge Roth and has since taken wins at Challenge Canberra and Ironman Western Australia.

The second Frenchman in the professional field is Clement Mignon. He became World Triathlon long-distance world champion in May 2023 at the age of 24 and finished in the top ten at the last Ironman World Championships.

Jan Stratmann could provide a German surprise. The 28-year-old showed all his skills over the middle distance in particular and finished third at the 70.3 World Championship last year. So too could Kyle Smith from New Zealand who is racing his first Roth with a win to his name already in 2024 at Challenge Wanaka.

In addition, Belgian Pieter Heemeryck will also be a force to be reckoned with currently ranked in seventh place in the PTO rankings.

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