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13. Aug 2014

North American Championship

Andreas Raelert starts at Ironman Mont-Tremblant

North American Championship is coming up after winning middle-distance race in Poland – Tough course and strong pro field on Sunday – Hopes for Ironman Hawaii

Mont-Tremblant. After he has started successfully into the second half of the season, Andreas Raelert would like to take the next step in Canada on the weekend. A few days after celebrating his 38th birthday he will start at the Ironman North American Championship Mont-Tremblant on Sunday. "The past few weeks have given me a lot of confidence," said the Rostockian looking back at his training camp in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in which he worked consistently together with his coach Wolfram Bott. "The victory in Gdynia has enormously motivated me to keep on moving on this way." Andreas Raelert was able to take a sovereign win at the Herbalife Triathon in Gdynia last Sunday in 3:54:44 hours.

Prior to the middle-distance race at the Baltic Sea coast, Andreas Raelert had already decided with his team to head to Canada for the Ironman North American Championship Mont-Tremblant. "The disappointment after my DNF in Frankfurt was naturally very deep," he says, "if you start into a European Championship with great goals and want to fight for the title, it becomes incredibly difficult if you have to drop out." Andreas Raelert had started into the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt physically weakened, but he was hoping that it would still be possible for him to show a good race. "Long-distance triathlon is a very complex issue", explains the Rostockian, "all screws have to be in the correct position if you want to deliver a top performance." In his training camp in the Basque country, he has worked specifically on this set-up. "The start into the second half of the season in Gdynia was quite promising, now I hope that I can show a good competition as well in Mont-Tremblant."

Immediately after his victory in Poland, Andreas Raelert has traveled to the Canadian Province of Quebec to acclimatize for the Ironman North America Championship. Mont-Tremblant means a totally different spot and event after the heat race in Gdynia. The course leads the participants around the famous ski resort in the Laurentian Mountains, the event is considered as extremely challenging. After the 3.86 km swim in Lake Tremblant a two-loop bike course awaits the field, its 180 km are characterized by many hard climbs. The two run laps in the final marathon also include a lot of ups and downs. "Certainly it is a course that is demanding everything," says Andreas Raelert. The pro field includes a couple of famous names: Defending champion Luke Bell from Australia will be at the starting line, U.S. American TJ Tollakson, Domenico Passuello (Italy), Jan van Berkel and Mathias Hecht from Switzerland, Bryan Rhodes (New Zealand) and as well Australian Richie Cunningham. "It is not an easy task," says Andreas Raelert, "but if it is be possible for me, I would love to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on Sunday."










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