© Sebastian Kuhn
10. Oct 2013

Hawaii 2013

Andy wants to fight for the title in Kona

German is looking forward to racing the Ironman World Championship – Compressport and Continental are new partners  - Pro field is extremely competitive

Kailua-Kona. Kona, the fifth: Andreas Raelert is looking forward to competing in the race of the year this Saturday. The 37-year old from Rostock is one of the co-favorites in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. "The weeks of waiting are over," says the reigning vice world champion, "I am delighted that the race week already started in Kona, but it is also very unpredictable, what expects all of the participants in the competition." Andreas Raelert has raced four times in Hawaii and he is the only athlete, who always reached the podium between 2009 and 2012.

"The Ironman Hawaii is something very special," says Andreas Raelert, "it is a unique race and a true reason, why we work so hard for months to be ready for this race." Among more than 1800 participants there are many outstanding athletes. They have qualified for the World’s at one of the global Ironman events in their age groups or as a professional in the Kona Pro Ranking. "It's a World Championship, in which only the best athletes compete", says Andreas Raelert, "but even if there is a separate start for the professionals and all age group athletes, all participants share a similar passion and the same goal. The Ironman is a collaborative experience."

On Saturday at 6.30 a.m. local time (18.30 CET) the 50 top-ranked athletes of the Kona Pro Ranking, the official Ironman World Ranking, start at the pier of Kailua -Kona into the race. They are all heading into a competition, which is considered as a myth due to its harsh conditions and its incomparable atmosphere. "The Ironman Hawaii is hard to describe with words," says Andreas Raelert, "it is physically, but especially mentally extremely challenging." The 3,86 km swim in the Pacific is the prelude, before the field hits a very challenging 180,2 km bike course through the lava desert and unpredictable winds. Finally there is a marathon of 42,195 kilometers under tough climatic conditions. "A very important factor is the mental strength," says Andreas Raelert, "you are not allowed to give up at any time here, 80 percent takes place in your mind."


Previous year Andreas Raelert did not have a good swim, but on the bike and during the run he made up a lot of ground and ran into second place. The goal of the world’s fastest athlete on the Ironman distance for Saturday is clear: "I ​​want to fight for the victory as I did in previous years." For that goal Andreas Raelert has prepared in a high altitude training camp in Boulder, Colorado, and in the final weeks out of the race on Maui. During the past weeks he was able to test the products of the new Raelert-Brothers partner Compressport and the tubulars of the new team partner Continental under Hawaiian conditions. Before and during the race, Andreas Raelert will get the full support of his brother Michael and Raelert-Brothers coach Wolfram Bott. Both accompanied him from Maui to the Ironman Hawaii.


You can follow the race on Saturday live on www.ironman.com and on www.raelert-brothers.com







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