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27. Mar 2013

Andreas and Michael Raelert start into the season

From Klagenfurt and Frankfurt to Kona

Successful races in Austria and Germany should be the show-opener for the Ironman Hawaii

Rostock. For Andreas and Michael Raelert the nervousness increases: In a few days the most successful brothers in the world of long-distance triathlon will start into the new season. "Five months of waiting and training are over", Michael Raelert says, "it’s time to start racing again." This season there will be three great Ironman races in the spotlight for the Raelert-Brothers: Andreas Raelert will be part of the 15th edition of the Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt, Michael Raelert is participating at the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt. And for both of them there will be the Ironman Hawaii in October. Michael Raelert also wants to fight for the title at the World Championships Ironman 70.3 for the third time after 2009 and 2010.

In several training camps, the Raelert-Brothers have prepared well for the approaching season opener. During the winter Michael Raelert was in Austria for cross country skiing, while his six-year older brother Andreas was at Fuerteventura for a bike training camp. "The first phase of preparation worked well", Michael Raelert says. The two-time World Champion in Ironman 70.3 has used the narrow cross-country boards as well as Andreas worked on the bike to build up a solid basis of training. In addition, both have intensified their fitness in common workouts. Together with their new coach Wolfram Bott they worked in the national olympic training base in Saarbrücken.

Andreas Raelert will be the one of the Raelert-Brothers to start the season in Europe: The world record holder on the Ironman distance wants to compete at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on May 11th – Andreas Raelert won this race in 2011, Michael Raelert in 2012. Michael Raelert plans with his first european start at the BMC Ironman 70.3 Switzerland in Rapperswil on June 2nd and at the new Ironman 70.3 Berlin on June 16th. In addition, the Raelert-Brothers would like to win two important titles again: Andreas Raelert has won the Challenge Kraichgau in the past two years – and he will try to defend his title on June 6th. Michael Raelert would love it to celebrate his third triumph after 2010 and 2012 at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden on August 11th. "If everything matches together with our plan, I will then focus on the Ironman 70.3 World Championships after Wiesbaden", Michael Raelert says. On September 8th, he could win the World Championships in Ironman 70.3 at Lake Las Vegas (USA) for the third time.

Two Ironman races in Europe will be highlights in the summer: Andreas Raelert starts at Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt on June 30th.  Maybe he could be the one, who is able to attack the Ironman World Record of Marino Vanhoenacker from Belgium (7:45:58 hours) – if the conditions are perfect. Just a week after that race Michael Raelert starts as one of the favorites at the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt. "We are really looking forward to this races", the Raelert-Brothers say, "there will be great competitors at the starting line – and there will be an excellent audience."

The season could be crowned by the Ironman Hawaii in October: "Definitely, our main focus is again the Ironman World Championships", Andreas Raelert says, "on October 12th Michael and I want to fight for the title in Kona. " Last year, Andreas Raelert was runner-up at the Ironman Hawaii for the second time after 2010. He had four starts in Kailua-Kona, and he celebrated four podiums. "I really hope that we can fight for the title in 2013", Andreas Raelert says, "but it’s not that important, which one of the Raelert-Brothers is more succesful."

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