Dispatch: Quips & Quotes From The Pros At Challenge Roth

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published Jul 5, 2012

The Men

Timo Bracht – Germany (A seven-time Ironman champion and the 5th place finisher at the 2011 Ironman World Championship, Bracht enters Sunday’s race as a top favorite, despite having struggled through a sub-par early season.)

“I’ve had some good races, but just in one discipline. But I believe that for Sunday I’ve put all the elements in place for all three. I especially feel I can apply this to the second half of the marathon. I’ve looked at my legs, and they seem pretty well.”

“Everyone who knows Roth knows it’s a fast race. But going sub-eight depends on the weather and the winds. My aim is to go 7:49.”

Cameron Brown – New Zealand (“Brownie”, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, is a 10-time champion of Ironman New Zealand and runner up only to World Champion Craig Alexander in the inaugural Ironman Melbourne. He returns to Roth for the first time since 2002.)

“My son learned to walk here, and now 10 years have gone by. I’m with the same homestay as in 2002. It’s wonderful to be back!”

“I’ve probably been training too much because the roads are so good here! When you come from New Zealand where the roads are shit, it’s such a pleasure to ride here.”

“I’ll be going hard to go under eight hours. I missed it by 12 seconds in Melbourne. That’s part of the reason I came here – to try to get that sub-eight. Even if I get beaten and I go under eight hours, I’ll be happy.”

Mike Aigroz – Switzerland (Aigroz, who hails from Chateux-d’Oex in the Swiss Alps, was the 6th place finisher at the 2011 Ironman World Championship. He also owns a 2nd place from Ironman Canada [2009] and a 3rd place from Ironman Switzerland [2010].)

“My best time is 8:31. I will push my legs and body to the maximum, so check with me at the finish line [to see what I can do]!”

James Cunnama – South Africa (The 2010 Ironman Florida champion placed 6th at Challenge Roth and 2nd at Challenge Kraichgau in that same year. In 2011 he earned a 3rd place finish at Ironman South Africa, yet had to pull out of Challenge Roth during the marathon due to an injury.)

“Last year I had an injury going in and had to pull the plug. I’ve had a knee injury this year, so I haven’t started a long-distance race since last year’s Challenge Roth. I have quite a lot of unfinished business and I plan to get it all done on Sunday!”

“I would like to point out that I’m younger than Cam Brown was when he raced here 10 years ago!”

Dorian Wagner – Germany (Wagner, who finished 5th at the recent Challenge Kraichgau half-distance European Championship, resides in nearby Allersberg. He looks forward to seeing his family and many friends cheering him on during his long-distance triathlon debut.)

“I’m really excited. I have no specific plan. I’ll just go at full throttle right from the beginning. I plan to race right from the start.”

“I know I can do it at some point, it’s just a question of, is this the time?”

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