Hi everybody !
This is part of a conversation I have had with Phil Squire, a fellow RSTer
sweden. Phil wants to race in IME Roth this year and asked me some
about the race, because I made it in 97. We thought that some of the
might be of interest for other want-to-become racers in Roth.
Conversation is posted here with kind permission of Phil Squire. Because
were lots of questions there will be two or three parts of these IM Roth
FAQs appearing on RST
>As for questions.......billions!<
>Is the race organization as good as one would expect from the Germans?<
middle-of-the-packer, there were no deficits in the organisation.
Roth city centre.
T1 consists out of several lanes at the water exit.In those lanes, all the
bags of all the racers are lined up by race numbers. All those lanes lead
large tent. You run out of the water, pick up "your" bag out of "your"
into the tent, change, go out and grab your bike.
In T2, volunteers will catch your bike, put it away. You don`t need to take
of it. You run through the already-known "lanes", grab your bag, run (or
?)into the tent etc.etc.
There are lots of volunteers assisting the racers in both T-areas: pull
wetsuit, rub your neck with sun protection, give you your running shoes
Important: You don`t need to worry about transportation of your equipment.
all there right by the finish line. Finding those bags and your bike after
race is not so easy at all, but don`t worry, nothing will be lost or
original sense. This is no time trail, this is road racing. No way to
unless you are Mr. (Mrs.) Wonderbike or real, real slow. Race Marshals
anything in the first round, just herd the masses of racers to the right
the road. You will find yourself in packs of 100 - 200 racers.
Second round is different, because the racers are now widely distributed on
course. Race Marshalls will give penalties now.
How is the swim: navigation, crowded, water clear etc?
How is the road surface?
Good in 80%, a little bit rough in 20%. No potholes.
the run, one every 2 KM (1,2 mls). No aid stations in the swim.
I will take a break here, part two of IMroth FAQs will be here in one or
To Phil: best regards, good training and stay healthy. Hope this helps.