18. Jun 2015

Andy and Micha

Double-start in Luxembourg and Heilbronn

Raelert-Brothers face a thrilling weekend – Andreas Raelert takes part at the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg, Michael Raelert hopes for success at the Challenge Heilbronn

Rostock. The Raelert-Brothers are facing a both interesting and challenging race weekend. While Andreas Raelert will take part at the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg on Saturday, Michael Raelert starts at the Challenge Heilbronn on Sunday. "I hope, Andy will show a great performance in Luxembourg and I can add a good race the day after," says Michael Raelert. Both of them travel to the events full of optimism. "These are no easy races, but just the right tests for us."

Each of the two competitions will be held on courses including a swim of 1.9 kilometers, a 90 kilometer bike ride and a run of 21.1 kilometers. "We expect hard and fast races," says Andreas Raelert, "especially the course in Heilbronn seems to be quite demanding." Andreas Raelert wants to test in Luxembourg for his start at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, which will take place two weeks later. "It is a good dress rehearsal," says Andreas Raelert. On Sunday, he keeps his fingers crossed for Michael Raelert who is on the way to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See (august, 30th). "The competition in Heilbronn will be a tough race,” says Andreas Raelert, “I think that's a great preparation for the World Championship."

The pro fields promise close competitions in both races. In Luxembourg, the winner of the Ironman Lanzarote, Alessandro Degasperi from Italy, is among the favorites besides the strong Dutchman Bas Diederen, the two Germans Patrick Lange and Markus Thomschke and the fast Swiss Manuel Küng. Michael Raelert races with great athletes in Heilbronn, Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle is in the field and another strong German quartet. This quartet includes defending champion Andreas Dreitz, Andreas Böcherer, Nils Frommhold and Maurice Clavel. Furthermore, Swiss Ronnie Schildknecht and Giulio Molinari from Italy are at the starting line. "The competition will be really hard, but this will be good for the race", says Michael Raelert with a smile. "I am delighted that I can be part of such a great field." Michael Raelert hopes that his brother Andreas can lay the basis for a successful weekend in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – and he can accomplish a good result in Heilbronn.

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