147 Photos - Jul 9, 2014
Photo: A post workout refreshment with my German father Dieter… Photo bombed by RileyPhoto: Signing Autographs 1989Photo: Swim start 1989Photo: Finish 1993Photo: Backerei ReinelPhoto: 1998 FinsihPhoto: Solar Berg!  The most incredible stretch of road in the entire triathlon world!Photo: Bike Course ProfilePhoto: Finish line in 2000Photo: Great time and great dinner with good friends Alicia and Dirk Bockel.  Dirk is the defending Champ!Photo: The kids with good friend,Olympian, and multi-Ironman Champion Dirk Bockel and L'Ironvan de Dirk Bockel....a very cool Mercedes V seriesPhoto: Lotte Reinel - our homestay host for the 6th time racing here. Holding a photo with the great Jürgen Zäck from our 1993 race. — with Jürgen Zäck, Kurt Carlan and Thomas Underhill.Photo: The World Cup was also big in Germany . . . but now it's triathlon time.Photo: They are not kidding about this! #ChallengeRothPhoto: German hospitality everywherePhoto: We were at the beginning of registration… Everything was orderly and ready to go.Photo: Sister Madonna and her homestay host Swester GerdaPhoto: The exposition area is immense… At least five times bigger than any race expo I have seenPhoto: The exposition area is immense… At least five times bigger than any race expo I have seenPhoto: The exposition area is immense… At least five times bigger than any race expo I have seenPhoto: The exposition area is immense… At least five times bigger than any race expo I have seenPhoto: Riley with Luke McKenziePhoto: Great Chatting with Bob BabbittPhoto: The main man Felix Walchshoefer of Challenge RothPhoto: The girls with defending champ Rebekah KeatPhoto: How about Ironman World Champion Mirinda CarfraePhoto: We couldn't get Cindy and Rinny to stop talking!Photo: Our favorite editor in the triathlon world Herbert KrabelPhoto: 2012 World Champ Pete JacobsPhoto: The 1st person ever to go under eigth hours Lothar LederPhoto: with Lothar Leder and Nicole LederPhoto: One of the worlds top athletes Caroline SteffenPhoto: Riley training for the Olympic biathlonPhoto: 2 time world champ Chris McCormackPhoto: Owner of the worlds fastest time Andreas RaelertPhoto: The Flying Dutch Girl Yvonne van VlerkenPhoto: No doubt, this is Germany!Photo: I always enjoy seeing Hiener from next door when I visit . . . Hard to believe I've known him 25 years!Photo: Hiener let Riley start his tractor!Photo: Can't beat the service - Marc Lauzon president of TriBike Transport personally delivering my bicycle German style!Photo: I found April and she now has here bike!Photo: Ready for the start of the Lady Challenge 5k race — with Birgit Reinel-Neumann and Annecy Daggett.Photo: 2000 women in the 5kPhoto: Far more excitement than we usually seePhoto: Annecy in the finish shootPhoto: Here comes Cindy!Photo: Despite the crowds and the narrow trails Cindy had a great race!Photo: Post race German stylePhoto: Emmaline's first taste of beerPhoto: Waiting on results… So far, Annecy Daggett first place in her age group, Emmaline second place in her age group. So far, the Daggetts are hanging tough in Germany!Photo: My favorite fans!Photo: On the climb at Solar Berg - the greatest spot in the entire triathlon world. I am biking in this photoPhoto: Deep into the runPhoto: Photo: Photo: my best girl!Photo: Photo: Photo: Post race party with the head of Challenge Roth Felix WalchshoeferPhoto: Dirk!Photo: Post race party with Sister Madonna BuderPhoto: Riley with Dirk BockelPhoto: Riley and Dirk BockelPhoto: Rachel Joyce - 2nd placePhoto: Long time top pro Eneko LlanosPhoto: BBQ German stylePhoto: Helmut is a great grill chef!Photo: Photo: Birgit Reinel-Neumann is a dear friend from Roth. Her parents are our homestay hosts for the 7th time over 25 years. Birgit was 16 when I 1st met herPhoto: Jonas and RileyPhoto: Emma and Felix were great fans!Photo: I love these kids!Photo: I met Claudia and Jurgen when they were teenagers....they have a beautiful family!Photo: Welcome signs everywhere - including in front of a 500 year old castle!Photo: The community swimming pool was very welcoming....Photo: ...and perhaps the best pool facility I have ever seen.  A 50 meter pool, a 25 meter pool, a diving pool, 2 wave pools, and 2 super slides.  Also, playgrounds, picnic areas, and very nice shower facilities.  Oh, ice and pizza parlor too!Photo: Riley in the air off the platformPhoto: Emmaline in the air off the platformPhoto: view of the 25 meter pool, 2 wave pools and 2 slidesPhoto: Top of the tower in RothenburgPhoto: Top of the tower in RothenburgPhoto: Rothenburg is the best preserved Medieval walled cityPhoto: Rothenburg  in the backgroundPhoto: The German cityscapes are incredible!Photo: The German cityscapes are incredible!Photo: Photo: Photo: Language barriers don't seem to bother the  kidsPhoto: Downtown RothPhoto: I think I could deliver mail in Germany!Photo: The town of Regensburg dates back over 2000 years. The Cathedral is so spectacular that you have a hard time finding a way to photograph it.Photo: RegensburgPhoto: RegensburgPhoto: Photo: Photo: RegensburgPhoto: A place of significant religous history in RegensburgPhoto: It's not often your menu comes in an English/Russian versionPhoto: Riley's Bavarian lunchPhoto: Great spending time with our good friend and a family hero Frank ReinelPhoto: Cindy and I made a last visit to the to the finish line on our morning run.Photo: Directional signs to all Challenge Family races in town.Photo: Race morningPhoto: Some of the crowd at the swim startPhoto: A few more race day photosPhoto: Another view of Solar Berg - the most exciting spot in the entire triathlon world.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My main man waiting for me.Photo: Photo: The finish in this stadium is like no other!Photo: Photo: "The Home of Triathlon"Photo: The last finisher entering the packed stadiumPhoto: The fireworks were great!Photo: Photo: Photo: The transition bags are cloth slingbagsPhoto: The cloth competitor wristbands were a nice touchPhoto: Photo: This lady was very cute doing her shopping. She is apparently a local political leader. Perhaps our political leaders could learn the importance of cyclingPhoto: Our typicalbreakfastPhoto: My German little brother HelmutPhoto: Onkel Dieter. Dieter was the 3rd generation town baker.Photo: The kids will miss Onkel DieterPhoto: Dinner our last evening.Photo: A simple German mealPhoto: Birgit was 16 on my 1st race in Roth. She is wonderful. We will miss her and love her whole family.Photo: Cindy and Annecy Daggett in the German gardenPhoto: All of these flowers are from their yardPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Lotte can't speak a word of English . . . somehow it doesn't seem to matter.Photo: The perfect pour!Photo: Photo: Photo: Our family in the gardenPhoto: My girl!Photo: Language barrier?Photo: Photo: Photo: This picture says it all! Tante Lotte is certainly one of the very best people we have ever met!Photo: The best home-stay hosts in the whole worldPhoto: