"Walk of Triathlon" keeps on running and running...
With a building block on the "Walk of Triathlon" the City of Roth shows its closeness to the triathlon sport. The foot prints of the Challenge winners of the year 2017, Daniela Ryf and Bart Aernouts, were first presented milled in Corten steel at the award ceremony on 2nd July 2017 (see picture above). In the following years, the footprints of the winners from 2018 and 2019 have been eternalized already, too.
In the summer of 2020, the heavy Corten steel plates with the footprints of Lucy Charles-Barcley and Andreas Deitz found their new place in the city’s pavement. This will mark the starting point of the circular triathlon route “Walk of Triathlon”, known as the “Gallery of Winners”, through the city center of Roth.
The basic concept of the "Walk of Triathlon" resulted under the expert guidance of the Roth municipal architect in cooperation with the representatives of the triathlon sport. It consists of different elements, such as the “special places” or the circular route of the Gallery of Winners that has been laid out before. In a two-stage ideas competition, organized in 2016, the concept was filled with life. The first prize went to the architect Anne Rumetsch from Nuremberg. She developed various elements made of Corten steel, with each of them including the spatial logo for the triathlon in the City of Roth (see picture below).
The footplate, as an element from the competitions winning design, was then further developed in cooperation. It ended in the idea of depicting the Challenge winners’ footprints. They broke completely new grounds with their design, material and execution. Fortunately, partners could be found, without whom the first prototype of the last year’s footplate would not have been possible. It was Lothar Leder, a former several time winner of the triathlon in Roth, who made his "victorious feet" available to the test footplates. It was in the person of Alexander Zetterer and his company from Unterheckenhofen that selflessly performed pioneering work, investing countless hours in the development of a milling technique and it was the architect Anne Rumetsch, tirelessly engaged, that contributed her pronounced design principles to its realization.
With the prototype being successful last year, it was then presented to the public on the stage of our market place on the occasion of our city’s popular welcoming party on Challenge Friday. It has been exposed to the weather for a few months in order to test the typical corrosion of the Corten steel before being built in. And it was also in this year that, with everybody’s active support, the foot prints of the last year’s winners were created, with the company Zetterer explicitly mentioned here.
The film linked here illustrates the technical development of precession manufacturing at the Zetterer company in Roth-Unterheckenhofen.
We wish you a good time watching!
The first steel plate: The winner of the DATEV Challenge Triathlon 2019
The second placed winners in the men’s, as well as in the women’s field from last year – Andi Dreitz from Germany and Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) can stand a step higher on the winner’s platform and fulfill their dreams in 2019. Dreitz crossed the finish line in 7:59:02 as a very happy man. A first-class international pro field with six top ten athletes from Hawaii 2018 couldn’t stop him. A dream became reality. Jesper Svensson (SWE) and Cameron Wurf (AUS) made places two and three of the Triathlon-Dream Factory in Roth.
Lucy Charles-Barclay pretty much had a safe Start-Finish-Win in the women’s category. She had a huge lead coming out of the waters of the Main-Danube-Canal and kept it through to the finish line in the Triathlon Stadium in her hands. The 25-year old crossed the finish line, beaming and with a loud joyous scream under the frenetic jubilation, with a new personal best time of 8:31:09. The women’s platform was completed by Sarah Crowley (AUS) and last year’s winner Daniela Bleymehl (GER).