30 Aug '12, 3pm

Dispatch: The Man Behind The Challenge: We sat down with Felix Walchshöfer to get both serious and silly insight...

Dispatch: The Man Behind The Challenge: We sat down with Felix Walchshöfer to get both serious and silly insight...

FW: In 1982, the best friend of my father, Detlef [Kühnel], was the first German to compete in Hawaii. And he brought back the crazy idea. He went back in ‘83 to do the race in Hawaii again, and after he said to his friends, “Let’s do a triathlon right here in Roth in ‘84.” Everyone was like, “This is completely insane.” But they did it, and the first year about 25 people competed in the race. The people in Roth were just fascinated by it. They thought, “This is so crazy, we’ve got to support it! We’ve got to get into this.” So in ‘85 we hosted the Franconian Championship. There was only one triathlon in Franconia anyway! The year after we hosted the Bavarian Championship. There was only one race in Bavaria anyway! Then we hosted the German Championship, and then the European Championship. And I believe that year Valerie Silk was in Roth to see the event, and at the awards...

Full article: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/08/news/dispatch-the...

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