2019-07-06

Chatting in a relaxed atmosphere

Chatting in a relaxed atmosphere

The „Talk to the Pros“ at DATEV Challenge Roth’s expo is a fixture of the program.
Also, in 2019 the pros gathered on Friday afternoon to face the questions of host Tobias Ködel.

Moderator Tobias Ködel in conversation with Sarah Crowley, Lucy Charles-Barclay, Rachel McBride and Anja Ippach (from left to right)
Photo: TEAMCHALLENGE, Christoph Raithel

The „Talk to the Pros“ at DATEV Challenge Roth’s expo is a fixture of the program.

Also, in 2019 the pros gathered on Friday afternoon to face the questions of host Tobias Ködel.

First, it was the women’s turn, who were asked to comment on Daniela Bleymehl’s spontaneous registration, which means one more contender for victory in Sunday’s race. Lucy Charles summed it up: „The more, the better. The greater the competition, the greater the victory.”

The atmosphere at DATEV Challenge Roth has made an especially strong impression on the rookies. “Roth is different and something very special” raves Rachel McBride. And Sarah Crowley adds: “Back in Australia, I had heard so many stories about Roth. But still, I have to admit, I’m surprised by how big this race is and how it is celebrated.”

For Anja Ippach the race is special because it is in front of her home crowd: “I can have all my loved ones around me. They motivate me and I have the chance to give something back to them.”

Asked for their hopes for the race, they all agreed, that is most important to have fun and to have a good day. No fighting words here…

Unlike in the men’s field. When asked about his hopes for Sunday, Braden Currie answered: “To win!”. Andi Börcherer was in attack mode, too: “I hope everyone is having a great race and finishes – after me!”

The atmosphere in Roth has also made an impression on the male pros: “It is just great to be back” says Bart Aeronauts, winner of 2017. And Andreas Dreitz confirms: “As soon as you get here, all the beautiful memories and emotions from the last years start coming back. The spectators are so enthusiastic, that you have to be careful not to go too fast too soon.” “You can just feel how everyone is into it.” adds Andreas Böcherer. Braden Currie drew a comparison to his home race, Challenge Wanaka: “It is the same series of races, the same great atmosphere and the same great treatment of the athletes.” 

Bart Aernouts at Talk to the Pros
Photo: TEAMCHALLENGE, Christoph Raithel


 

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