The 2nd Global Triathlon Business Conference July 9-11 in Roth, Germany in conjunction with DATEV Challenge Roth is now in the history books and was deemed a great success by those who attended. The fact that it was tied to DATEV Challenge Roth added to the value, education and fun experienced by the attendees.

Conference Program

Conference Program  - Downloadable PDF


  • Timo Bracht, 2014 Challenge Roth Champion, IRONMAN, pro triathlete
  • Jack Caress, president, Triathlon Business International; CEO, Pacific Sports LLC
  • Bob De Wolf, General Manager, Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team
  • John Duquette, Managing Director, blueseventy
  • Peter Hurley, CEO, American Bicycle Group (QR & Litespeed)
  • Prof. Dieter Kempf, CEO, DATEV eG
  • Chris McCormack, 2x IRONMAN World Champion, Challenge Roth winner, pro triathlete
  • Jené Shaw, Senior Editor, Triathlete Magazine
  • Robert Püstow, Strategic Business Development Manager EMEA, ACTIVE Network
  • Klaus Preisler, Founder/CEO, Lapio
  • Gary Roethenbaugh, Managing Director, Multisport Research Ltd; Triathlon Industry Assn.
  • Jochen Schmahl, BrandRelationship Consulting 
  • Zibi Szlufcik, CEO, Challenge Family
  • Felix Walchshöfer, Race Director, Challenge Roth
  • Frank Wechsel, CEO spomedis GmbH, Triathlon Magazine Germany

Bios of Speakers 


"Welcome & TBI History" - Jack Caress, President, TBI

Panel 1 - "State of Triathlon in Europe, the UK and the World" (3 presentations compiled: Challenge Family & Challenge Roth (Szlufcik), Triathlon Market Survey (Roethenbaugh) & Status of Triathlon in Germany (Wechsel)

"Global Market Scan, Management Summary" (Schmahl)

(more to come)



FinisherPix Photos

Misc Photos taken by conference attendees and by Christoph Raithel


Registered Attendees 

First Last Organization  Title
Juan  Abarca Fundación Calvià 2004  
Bernd  Adamaski Aybee Sports/Quintana Roo EU Managing Director
Marcus  Altmann Challenge Family GmbH  Challenge Family Australia 
Michael Bannwolf Kemipower Managing Partner
Marcus Baranski  
Timo Bracht 2014 Challenge Roth Champion Professional Triathlete
Jack Caress Triathlon Business International President
Jake Caress Pacific Sports LLC Director
Bob De Wolf Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team General Manager
Brad Devaney American Bicycle Group Chief of Design & Engineering
Steve Dunn American Bicycle Group International Sales Manager
John Duquette blueseventy Managing Director
Markus Englert  Challenge Roth   
Jim Garfield Challenge Family Director, Commercial Partnerships
Alejandro Garrido Fundación Calvià 2004  
Steve Gintowt Challenge Family CEO, Americas
Darren Gratton 220Triathlon/Immediate Media Ltd  
Liam Heavin Challenge Triathlon Ireland Ltd CEO
Ron Hübner eflow Europe GmbH  
Peter Hurley American Bicycle Group CEO
Lorraine Hurley American Bicycle Group  
Jack James Speedo International Ltd Key Account Manager, Tri and Specialists
Conor Kelly Challenge Triathlon Ireland Ltd General Manager
Prof. Dieter Kempf DATEV eG CEO
Lucia Liu Sino EU Exchange Consultancy Managing Director
Richelle Love Tri It Multisport Owner
Chris McCormack    
Victoria Murray-Orr Challenge Family GmbH Marketing & Communications Director
Rohaan Nirmalendran Speedo International Ltd Senior Product Manager – Male and Fastskin
Julie Oldfield Headsweats Sr. Account Manager
Sönke Petersen Race Result CEO
Klaus Preisler Lapio, Inc CEO
Angela Pribernig FinisherPix Director, PR & Marketing
Robert Püestow ACTIVE Network Strategic Business Development Manager - EMEA
Thomas Reichhold FinisherPix Managing Director
Ralf Reiter DATEV eG  
Gary Roethenbaugh MultiSport Research Ltd Managing Director
Anders  Rørbæk Lapio, Inc Director of EMEA Operations
Marc Roy SportsStats CEO
Jochen Schmahl BrandRelationship Consulting  
Christoph Schwerdt  
Joel Sepulveda Innevento Sports Business manager
Rose Serpico Tri It Multisport Owner
Jené Shaw Triathlete Magazine Senior Editor
Hayley Short Challenge Events Team Manager – Triathlon, Macmillan Cancer Support  
Jan Sibbersen Sailfish Founder/Owner
Victoria Solly Speedo International Ltd Supply and Demand Planner - Fastskin & Triathlon
Zibi Szlufcik  Challenge Family GmbH CEO
Trent Taylor Challenge Family Chief Commercial Officer
Jefry Visser Challenge Almere-Amsterdam Event Director
Jort Vlam Challenge Almere-Amsterdam Commercial Director
Felix Walchshöfer Challenge Roth Race Director
Alice Walchshöfer Challenge Roth   
Kathrin Walchshöfer Challenge Roth   
Frank Wechsel spomedis GmbH, Triathlon Magazine Germany CEO
Nina  Wink  Challenge Family GmbH  



TBI Member: $275 USD (244 EUR)  
Non Member: $375 USD (332 EUR)

The fee includes all conference sessions, two hosted lunches, hosted reception and attendee swag bags.


[CLOSED] Hotel Information

With Challenge Roth in action, hotel rooms will be snapped up quickly. Do not delay in reserving your room. Nürnberg Convention is assisting us in this. Log on to: and enter Congress Code TBI-Konferenz_9715.


[CLOSED] VIP Package to Challenge Roth

This optional Challenge Roth VIP Package is available to Global Conference attendees only. Normally, the price for VIP tickets to the DATEV Challenge Roth is offered only to existing sponsors and is 250 EUR (excl. VAT). 

In conjuction with the conference, Challenge Family is graciously making a limited number of 100 VIP tickets available at an exclusive price of 100 EUR (excl. VAT) each.

The VIP package includes:

  • VIP bus tour from the city of Roth to the swim start in the morning
  • Access to the Challenge Roth VIP area in transition 1 where a breakfast is served
  • VIP bus tour to Solar Hill
  • Access to Challenge Roth VIP area at Solar Hill where a second breakfast is served
  • VIP bus tour to the beer mile in Eckersmühlen and transition 2
  • Access to our VIP area at transition 2 with excellent view on the action in T2
  • Transfer to the finish line
  • Access to Challenge Roth central VIP area at the finish line area where a big buffet is waiting for our guests
  • Access to the VIP grandstands at the finish line


 Conference Sponsors





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For sponsorship information, please contact Lars Finanger.

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