220 Triathlon Magazine - - Feature - IM­AGE.NET

The dis­tant roar builds and builds, cas­cad­ing up the stretch of tar­mac lined five-deep with the most rau­cous spec­ta­tors in mul­ti­sport. The bod­ies part just in time as the ath­letes as­cend sky­wards. It’s 8:30am and Bavaria is in full voice, the beer is flow­ing and the smell of pret­zel lingers heavy in the air. Of all the sights at Chal­lenge Roth, it’s the iconic So­lar­berg climb that’s the high­light, an ex­pe­ri­ence akin to the Tour de France’s most cel­e­brated pas­sages, and where many of the race’s 250,000 spec­ta­tors pitch for the morn­ing un­til de­camp­ing to the spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish-line ex­pe­ri­ence.

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