As they have done every year since 2011, readers of Germany’s Triathlon Magazine voted Challenge Roth as the “Race of the Year.” Photos from this year’s event:

The famous Solarer Berg Hill attracts thousands of fans every year.
Canada’s Rachel McBride warms up before the start.
They’re off! Even in the rain thousands of spectators are on hand for the swim start at Challenge Roth.
None of the pros are willing to give an inch at the start.
This is your moment …
Lucy Charles-Barclay leads the way out of the water.
Rachel McBride salutes the crowd as she finishes the swim.
Spectating in style …
Andy Potts doesn’t have time to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
It never looks like the crowd is going to part enough to let the riders through … but they do!
Rachel McBride powers through the beautiful bike course.
Lucy Charles-Barclay out in front on the run course as it follows the canal.
There aren’t too many spots on the run course where athletes don’t get lots of support.
Jesper Svensson (second), Andreas Dreitz (first) and Cameron Wurf (third) celebrate on the podium.
Lucy Charles-Barclay nails the win.
Erdinger, anyone? The traditional beer bath for the champion!
Race organizers Felix Walchshöfer (left) and his mother, Alice (right) celebrate Sarah Crowley’s runner-up finish.
Daniela Bleymehl (right) joins the podium with Crowley (left) and Charles-Barclay (centre) … a good time was had by all.

 

 

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