A tough nut to crack

We look back at Jan Frodeno’s journey toward a new world record at Challenge Roth last week, and how he made history

Pic credit: Ingo Kutsche

We have a new world record, 7:35:39.

With 250,000 spectators lined up, the 2008 Olympic Champion and reigning Ironman and 70.3 World Champion cracked the long course World Record by 5:56 minutes.

Jan Frodeno set out to crack the 7:40:00 mark but blazed past his own high expectations. After completing the 3.8km swim in 45:22, 180km ride in 4:08:07 and 42km run in 2:39:18 at Challenge Roth.

Frodissimo was aiming for the fastest time in the world on a long distance triathlon at Challenge Roth with a time of seven hours and forty minutes and after he trained every day with that quest in mind, he made history.

from the get-go, Jan led the race. When he jumped aboard his SRAM RED eTap-equipped Canyon SpeedMax CF SLX bike, he was already one minute faster than Andreas Raelert’s 2011 record. He was flying on the two-loop bike course, even on the famous Solarberg Hill, and extended his lead to 12:30 over his competitors.

On the run he was far from burnt out holding his lead and thundering along the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal. Before his euphoric stadium finish, he completely enjoyed the crowd.