© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
4. Sep 2012

New course record

Andy wins Challenge Walchsee

Kaiserwinkl. Andreas Raelert won the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl today in a sovereign way. The 36-year old from Rostock decided the middle distance race for himself against very strong opponents. After 1.9 km swimming, 90 km cycling and 21.1 km running he crossed the finish line more than four minutes ahead of two strong german pursuers: Timo Bracht from Eberbach, who was fifth at the Ironman Hawaii in 2011, and Nils Frommhold (Potsdam). In 3:48:48 hours Andreas Raelert improved the course record of the defending champion Ronnie Schildknecht from Switzerland, who became fourth today at Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl. "I am extremely happy with the win", Andreas Raelert said, "this race was fought out really hard. For me it was an important and successful dress rehearsal for the Ironman Hawaii."

During the swim in the cool water of Lake Walchsee Andreas Raelert already took over a good position. After 24:33 minutes he came out of the water in third place. He was leading the chase group that was only 45 seconds behind the strong swimmer Nils Frommhold, who was able to extend his lead on the first kilometers of the bike leg slightly. In the chase group alongside with Andreas Raelert it were especially the defending champion Ronnie Schildknecht and Timo Bracht who pushed the speed. On the hilly and challenging bike course the lead of Nils Frommhold decreased noticeably. After just half of the bike distance he was overtaken.

Andreas Raelert attacked shortly before the end of the bike course and broke away from his opponents. He reached T2 after a strong bike split of 2:08:28 hours with just under 10 seconds ahead of Ronnie Schildknecht. After a quick transition he headed out on the run course with a tough pace – in order to break away early from the rest of the pro field. "I had great running legs today", the reigning european middle distance champion commented after the race. Andreas Raelert finished the selective running course in 1:12:28 hours, which was the best run split of the field.

The day after the race in Tyrol Andreas Raelert moves back to his high altitude training camp in the Swiss Engadin. There he prepares specifically for the Ironman Hawaii in the coming days. "I am very confident that I can put the right impulses in my exercises", he explains thinking of the Ironman World Championships on October 13th. 


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