Considering the current situation and projections for the near future, Challenge Roth “can take place on Sep. 5, 2021, with an extensive hygiene plan and a 50% reduction in the number of participants,” the organization shared in a press release. “After the cancellation of the 2020 race, the dreams of many athletes and volunteers can finally come true, in keeping with the motto of the event ‘dreams cannot be cancelled.'”
“The trend of a rapidly falling infection rate, which experts say will not reverse in the next few months, the ongoing vaccination campaign and the easing of the regulations, make it possible for the race to take place within a safe framework,” the organizers continue. Additionally, Challenge Roth’s comprehensive protection and hygiene plan gives confidence, Dr. Stefan Schmitzer, head of the Roth Health Department, explains. “This guarantees the highest level of security for everyone involved.”
Even though local regulations allow Challenge Roth to be organized at full capacity, the event will only allow half of its usual amount of participants. Also, athletes will have to show a negative PCR-test, have to be vaccinated or show that they have antibodies to COVID-19 in order to participate. Spectators are requested not to come out to watch the race, but instead enjoy it from home through a livestream.
Changed bike course
Due to roadwork, and in order to avoid large gatherings of people, the bike course of Challenge Roth is slightly different this year. The course will no longer pass the Kränzleinsberg and Solarer Berg, but instead follow a two-loop course with a total elevation gain of approximately 1,200 m that goes past Eysölden, Mindorf and Jahrsdorf. It remains unclear whether the renovations of the bridge at Eckersmühlen will be completed before Sep. 5. In case they are still working on the road, the alternative route will pass the Grimmstrasse, after which athletes will either enter their second loop or go into transition.