5. Oct 2016


Andreas Raelert is looking forward to the race of the year

High tension before the eighth start at the Ironman Hawaii – With confidence against extremely strong competitors – Debut for CUBE’s new triathlon bike

Kailua-Kona. The most important race of the year is only a few hours away for Andreas Raelert. On Saturday at 6.25 am local time, he will start into his “Mission Kona" on the Big Island. The Rostockian is about to start into the Ironman Hawaii for the eighth consecutive year, and the reigning Ironman vice world champion wants to fight for the podium again on this legendary race course. "Nervousness is increasing hour by hour," says Andreas Raelert, "just as the anticipation increases for the race you work for all year long."

After a long injury break, Andreas Raelert has specifically prepared for next Saturday. "I am very happy that I can be at the start line," he says, "back in April, doctors told me that the season is over." It was a shock to get the diagnosis of a stress fracture in his left femur, which meant a long break from training and racing. But Andreas Raelert fought himself back into the mix, and now he is fit and ready for the race of the year. "Of course I missed some miles in training compared to recent years," says last year's Kona runner-up, "but the training of the past few weeks makes me feel very positive."

Andreas Raelert especially feels mentally prepared for the big task. "I think you need a lot of experience for this race and the right attitude," says the 40-year-old, "and I want to base on this on Saturday. The right mindset is the key to success in Hawaii."

Together with the two Raelert-Brothers partners CUBE and Swiss Side, Andreas Raelert has worked on the best setup for the Ironman Hawaii in recent months. The Rostockian will ride a prototype at the Ironman World Championship which was presented to media for the first time during the Kona race week. "The current prototype is the result of a two-year-development,” says Bernd Schenkl, Head of Engineering at CUBE, “during this time, we put together the ultimate aero package for Andy Raelert in partnership with Swiss Side." Jean-Paul Ballard, Technical Director of Swiss Side, adds: "CUBE is a big name in the cycling industry and the right partner to put our Formula 1 expertise to constructive use." Andreas Raelert is very pleased with the new setup. "We worked very intense on aerodynamics," he says, "I think we can present a good result of our work. In particular, I hope that the new bike is not only a visual treat. I hope I can show a strong bike performance on Saturday."

Andreas Raelert expects an extremely exciting race for the 40th edition of the Ironman Hawaii. “There are so many favorites for Saturday," he explains, "the Alii Drive is littered with world-class athletes in training. Many of these athletes do have what it takes to win this competition." Andreas Raelert believes in his own strength and in the chance to fulfill the dream of a victory in Hawaii after five podiums. "The international line-up is incredibly strong, and I personally think that a German podium is possible, too. A prediction for Saturday's race is incredibly difficult. Above all, I hope that I can put myself into the mix."

The Ironman Hawaii starts on Saturday at 6.25 pm Central European Time. You can follow the race live on www.ironman.com and find live updates of Andreas Raelert’s race on www.facebook.com/raelertbrothers

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